Manhunt season 2: release date, cast, plot and series news for The Night Stalker

Martin Clunes is set to return as former Met detective Colin Sutton in this ITV drama’s second series

Manhunt will return on Monday, 20th September at 9pm on ITV

ITV’s detective drama Manhunt is officially returning for a second season, with Martin Clunes reprising his role as real-life Met detective Colin Sutton in the upcoming four-parter.

The Doc Martin actor recently revealed that he found it difficult to return to the “gloomy headspace” required for the role and the series itself.

“It’s that responsibility of telling the story right, of not skewing it and just ­doing right by them,” Clunes revealed
“We know they are crimes that are solved but it does not stop you wanting to see the bd nailed. And that’s what these guys do for us, they nail bds.”

Manhunt’s first series, which aired back in 2019, proved to be one of ITV’s most successful dramas of the year, centring around the murder of French student Amelie Delagrange which was subsequently linked to the deaths of Marsha McDonnell and Milly Dowler.

Series two, Manhunt II: The Night Stalker, will see Colin Sutton investigate the real life story of a notorious serial rapist who terrorised south east London, with writer Ed Whitmore adapting the series from Colin Sutton’s diaries.

“The character is my idea of a version of Colin,” Clunes explained. “There were no prosthetics like when Gary Oldman played Winston Churchill. I didn”t go for a photographic reproduction. It is just my version of Colin, which Colin told me his partner said I nailed, and said I was a better spoken, thinner Colin.”

Here’s everything we know so far about Manhunt II: The Night Stalker.

Manhunt season 2 release date: Manhunt will return on Monday, 20th September at 9pm on ITV. The four-part drama will be stripped across the week, continuing in the 9pm slot on Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd.


Martin Clunes is set to return in Manhunt II: The Night Stalker as former London Met detective DCI Colin Sutton.

There’s been no official news as to the cast of Manhunt series two, however we’re hoping Stephen Grace and Katie Lyons will reprise their roles as DC Clive Grace and Detective Sergeant Jo Brunt respectively.

It’s also possible that Steffan Rhodri will return to play DC Neil Jones again, while Claudie Blakley plays Colin’s wife


Based on a true story, Manhunt series two will see DCI Colin Sutton pursue a notorious south east London serial rapist whose 17 year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people fearing for their lives.

Silent Witness’s Ed Whitmore has returned to write the series, drawing on the diaries of the real-life Colin Sutton.

The first series of Manhunt followed Sutton as he tracked down serial killer Levi Bellfield, the man responsible for killing Amelie Delagrange, Marsha McDonnell and Milly Dowler in the early 2000’s.


ITV is yet to release a trailer for Manhunt series two, however we’ll be updating this article as and when the broadcaster does.

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