Ben Aldridge leads an illustrious cast in ITV's evocative and gripping four-part event drama, The Long Call
Ben Aldridge (Our Girl, Fleabag) stars in The Long Call, ITV's gripping four-part event drama adapted by Kelly Jones (Des, Baptise) from the best-selling novel of the same title from award-winning writer Ann Cleeves.
Directed by Lee Haven Jones (Dr Who, Shetland, The Bay) The Long Call follows Detective Inspector Matthew Venn (Ben Aldridge), who has returned to live in a small community in North Devon with his husband, Jonathan (Declan Bennett).
Matthew was brought up in the Barum Brethren before leaving to go to University. At 19 he knew he couldn't continue amongst the community, hiding his sexuality, and to his mother's shock and dismay, he declared publicly he no longer believed. Now he's back, in the place where it all began, not just to grieve for his father, but to lead a shocking murder investigation.
Matthew is forced to re-engage with the community he left, including the most painful and challenging relationship with his mother Dorothy, played by award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson (Riviera, Truly Madly, Deeply).
After the body of a man is found on the beach close to Matthew's home, the investigation casts a shadow of doubt over the whole community. In order to expose the killer, Matthew and his team have to get to the bottom of a case which brings with it old wounds and a deadly secret.
This powerful and thought-provoking series also stars Pearl Mackie who plays DS Jen Rafferty, a tough and fiercely determined woman who has recently relocated to Devon with her two teenage kids, Ella and Ben. As a diligent worker and a single parent, Jen muddles her way through domestic life whilst trying to put some distance between her own traumatic scars from her former life in London.
Pearl Mackie is notable for her work in television, theatre and film and is best known for her work in the long-running BBC series, Doctor Who, where she played the role of the Doctor's companion, Bill Potts, opposite Peter Capaldi. Pearl's work in theatre includes the award winning and critically acclaimed stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party. Her film credits include Greed starring Steve Coogan and Isla Fisher.