Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia 2010

Ciaran Hinds and Kelly Reilly in Above Suspicion © ITV

Ciaran Hinds and Kelly Reilly in Above Suspicion © ITV

 A new Lynda La Plante drama on ITV

Director: Laura Mackie

Writer: Lynda La Plante

Starring: Kelly Reilly, Ciarán Hinds, Shaun Dingwall, Michelle Holmes, Amanda Lawrence, Nadia Cameron- Blakey, Holliday Grainger

Production Companies: La Plante Productions, RLJ Productions

Filming Locations: Margate, Westgate-on-sea

Following the huge success of the drama series, Above Suspicion, ITV have now produced a sequel based on the second novel, The Red Dahlia, by award winning crime writer, Lynda La Plante (Trial & Retribution, Prime Suspect).

The Cast in the Office © ITV

The Cast in the Office © ITV

The new three-part thriller sees the return of ambitious female detective Anna Travis (Kelly Reilly) and her boss, Detective Constable James Langton (Ciaran Hinds).  Together they must tackle their most terrifying case to date:  the discovery of a woman’s mutilated body in the Thames indicates that they are facing a copy-cat killer who re-enacts the murders of the infamous 1940’s Black Dahlia case.

Above Suspicion was shown as a chilling two parter in January 2009 winning audience figures of up to 6.8 million, rising to 7.3 in the concluding instalment. The series was last winter’s highlight and the sequel is expected to do equally well.

The series is directed by Gillies MacKinnon (The Escapist, Pure) and written by Lynda La Plante (Widows, Prime Suspect) and stars Kelly Reilly (Pride & Prejudice, Me and Orson Welles), Ciarán Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Woman in Black), Shaun Dingwall (Colour Me Kubrick, Someone Else), Michelle Holmes (Goodnight Sweetheart, The Practice), Amanda Lawrence (28 Weeks Later, Pan), Nadia Cameron- Blakey (Batman Begins, Tomorrow Never Dies) and Holliday Grainger (Cinderella, Jane Eyre)

The cast came to Margate and Westgate-on-sea in Thanet to film parts of the new drama as the location for a gruesome murder. Some of the locations used in the Thanet area include Margate train station (a detective arriving) and St Celias House in Westgate-on-sea (doubled as the spooky sea front house).

The seaside town of Margate has a delightful sandy beach, arcades, shops in Old Town and modern architecture in the form of the Turner Contemporary gallery. The town has also seen the revival of Dreamland, thought to be the UK’s first original pleasure park. Margate has previously been used for filming by projects including Edge of Heaven (2014), The Hotel Inspector (2012) and Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boys’ Outing (1989).

The first part will air on ITV at 9pm on Monday 4th January with subsequent parts following on Tuesday and Wednesday.


For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about Margate: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/destinations/margate/10537?microSiteId=210

For more information about the programme visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1247637/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/