Innocent: ITV releases trailer for second series

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Innocent first premiered back in 2018 with the story of David Collins (played by Lee Ingleby), who was wrongly accused of the murder of a woman called Tara. Now, three years later and the creators are back for series two which will begin on Monday, May 17, on ITV. This time around, it is teacher Sally Wright (Katherine Kelly) who has been wronged.

How did the creator’s childhood nightmares inspire Innocent season 2? 

Season two of Innocent will focus in on Sally, a woman who adored her job and her husband Sam (Jamie Bamber).

Everything then quickly spirals out of control when she is convicted of murdering Matty Taylor who she was presumed to be having an affair with.

There is evidence that restores her innocence but the damage had already been done, leading to the breakdown of her marriage and career.

Sally must try and figure out how she is going to put her life back together but will she be able to do this by finding out who the real killer is?

Creator Chris Lang is responsible for both seasons of Innocent and this time, he took inspiration from his childhood for the plot.

Speaking to press, including, Lang said: “Well we started with wanting to tap into a similar kind of visceral sense of dislocation that I think we captured, Lee Ingleby captured, in the first series.

“He had been in prison and he lost his wife and his livelihood but the primary driver of that was ‘what is it like to lose that connection with your children’.

“And that was a very primal and visceral force that drove the whole story and we wanted to find something that was similar and as emotionally compelling [for season two].”

Lang continued: “I was thinking about some of the things that inspired us when we were riffing on certain ideas.

“And I remember when I was a kid, I used to have this nightmare that I would come home in a war situation, I had been separated from my family for many years and I come home and my mum and dad would be there and they would have new kids.

“They didn’t want to let me in and they didn’t remember me or didn’t want to know me and it really upset me.

“And I suppose there was an element of that – coming home and sort of banging on the window saying ‘let me in, let me in’ but this person has got a whole new life now.

“While your life has stood still, theirs has moved on and it’s a terrifying idea. “

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The second series of Innocent is going to be made up of four episodes.

The entirety of the season will be shown over four consecutive nights, starting next week on ITV.

Its story will take place in the small Lake District town of Keswick where Sally will return following a stint in prison.

Much like the rest of the cast, the actress behind Sally will be very familiar to viewers.

Actress Katherine Kelly shot to fame as Becky Granger in Coronation Street.

Since then, she has been in Mr Selfridge, Cheat, Happy Valley, Criminal: UK and Liar just to name a few.

Sally’s husband Sam is played by Law and Order: UK actor Jamie Bamber, DCI Mike Braithwaite is It’s A Sin’s Shaun Dooley and Sam’s new girlfriend is Avenue 5’s Priyanga Burford.

Innocent season 2 will start on Monday, May 17, at 9pm on ITV.

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