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Chasing Shadows (TV series)

Chasing Shadows is an ITV crime drama first aired on 4 September 2014. The series follows the work of a missing persons unit, and stars Reece Shearsmith as protagonist Sean Stone, a detective Sergeant, and Alex Kingston, as advisor Ruth Hattersley. The first series of four episodes concluded on 25 September 2014.[1] On 7 April 2016, the series was made available to view on the ITV Hub.[2]

Chasing Shadows
Series title card
Genre Crime thriller
Created by Rob Williams
Written by Rob Williams
Directed by Christopher Menaul
Jim O'Hanlon
Starring
Theme music composer Samuel Sim
Composer(s) Samuel Sim
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 4 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Francis Hopkinson
Producer(s) Rob Bullock
Cinematography Tony Slater-Ling
Running time 45 minutes (w/out advertisements)
Production company(s) ITV Studios
Release
Original network ITV
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 4 September (2014-09-04) – 25 September 2014 (2014-09-25)

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PlotEdit

D.S. Sean Stone (Reece Shearsmith) is intense and socially awkward, a misfit who is happier dealing with data rather than people. His lack of people skills and forthright honesty make him some powerful enemies in the force, and he finds himself exiled to missing persons. Sean's new caseload is overwhelming - up to 300,000 people go missing in the UK each year - but his brilliant mind turns out to be perfectly adapted to his new role. Where others see a hopeless, ever-growing sea of lost faces, Sean spots patterns, that lead to victims... and their killers. Ruth Hattersley (Alex Kingston) is the analyst from the Missing Persons Bureau tasked with working alongside Sean. She puts people first - a born connector able to get on with anyone, but Sean pushes even her patience to breaking point. DCI Pryor (Noel Clarke) has ambitions and a clear plan for rising up the ranks. But all this is jeopardised when DS Stone becomes his responsibility.[3]

CastEdit

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  • Reece Shearsmith as D.S. Sean Stone, a detective sergeant assigned to the Missing Persons Bureau
  • Alex Kingston as Ruth Hattersley, a data analyst for the Bureau
  • Noel Clarke as D.C.I. Carl Pryor, Stone's superior officer
  • Don Warrington as Chief Supt. Harley Drayton, the commander of the Missing Persons Bureau
  • Adjoa Andoh as Angela Bale, one of Ruth's colleagues
  • Alfie Field as Bryan Hattersley, Ruth's son
  • Lynda Baron as Maggie Hattersley, Ruth's mother
  • Doug Allen as D.I. Gary Scanlon, Pryor's second-in-command
  • Myriam Acharki as Adele Rivera, Stone's housekeeper

EpisodesEdit

Episode Title Directed by Written by Viewers
(millions) (Source: BARB)
Airdate
1"Only Connect: Part One"Christopher MenaulRob Williams3.854 September 2014 (2014-09-04)
After criticising police procedure in the aftermath of a murderer's capture, awkward and unorthodox DS Sean Stone is permanently seconded to the Missing Persons Bureau with analyst Ruth Hattersley. The case of a vanished 16-year-old girl soon has him back out in the field, and looking into a spate of teen suicides after discovering the teen had links to a suicide forum, he believes he has discovered a serial killer preying on vulnerable youngsters.
2"Only Connect: Part Two"Christopher MenaulRob Williams3.2011 September 2014 (2014-09-11)
After criticising police procedure in the aftermath of a murderer's capture, awkward and unorthodox DS Sean Stone is permanently seconded to the Missing Persons Bureau with analyst Ruth Hattersley. The case of a vanished 16-year-old girl soon has him back out in the field, and looking into a spate of teen suicides after discovering the teen had links to a suicide forum, he believes he has discovered a serial killer preying on vulnerable youngsters.
3"Off Radar: Part One"Jim O'HanlonRob Williams3.1818 September 2014 (2014-09-18)
DS Stone looks into the case of Stephen Eli, a lawyer and single father who fits none of the five most common categories of missing persons. Serial killer Leonard Vance, incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital, is a new suspect when Sean spots a connection with the killer's two victims. Vance later confesses, but fails to guide police to Eli's body and later dies from cardiac arrest. Sean starts to believe that somebody else is responsible for not only Eli's death, but also the other murders supposedly committed by Vance, and finds a pattern with all supposed three victims.
4"Off Radar: Part Two"Jim O'HanlonRob Williams3.2625 September 2014 (2014-09-25)
DS Stone looks into the case of Stephen Eli, a lawyer and single father who fits none of the five most common categories of missing persons. Serial killer Leonard Vance, incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital, is a new suspect when Sean spots a connection with the killer's two victims. Vance later confesses, but fails to guide police to Eli's body and later dies from cardiac arrest. Sean starts to believe that somebody else is responsible for not only Eli's death, but also the other murders supposedly committed by Vance, and finds a pattern with all supposed three victims.

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