Tuesday 12th November 2019
Traces, the six-part crime drama set in Dundee, starts Monday 9th December on Alibi.
UKTV Original series stars Molly Windsor, Laura Fraser, Jennifer Spence and Martin Compston. With Laurie Brett, John Gordon Sinclair, Michael Nardone and Vincent Regan.
When Emma Hedges (Molly Windsor) returns to Dundee to start her new job as a lab technician, she's encouraged to take part in an online course teaching the principles of forensic science. Given a fictitious murder case, her task is to identify the victim and establish how they died. But having completed the first module, Emma knows exactly who the victim is: her mum! Marie Monroe (Carly Anderson) was murdered when Emma was seven, her body discovered on Law Hill and no-one has ever been convicted. But why are Sarah Gordon (Laura Fraser), professor of chemistry, and Kathy Torrence (Jennifer Spence), professor of forensic anthropology, using her mother's case for their course?
Determined to discover what happened to Marie but unable to get answers from her family, Emma turns to Sarah who offers up trusted friend DI McKinven (Michael Nardone) as the natural place for Emma to take her revelations.
As Emma reconnects with her dad Drew (John Gordon Sinclair), her childhood friend Skye (Jamie Marie Leary) and her mum Izzy (Laurie Brett), while falling for the gentle and irresistible Daniel (Martin Compston), her sleuthing takes her into dark corners, unpicking more and more secrets, and it becomes clear that she should trust no-one. It will be Sarah and Kathy's exacting minds that reward Emma's faith in the science that has fuelled her imagination, and who will ultimately bring her mother's killer to justice.
Traces is a six-part UKTV Original crime drama for pay TV channel Alibi. It is produced by RED Productions and written by Amelia Bullmore, based on an original idea by best-selling crime writer Val McDermid.
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About Val McDermid
Val comes from Kirkcaldy, Fife, and read English at St Hilda's College, Oxford (where she is now an Honorary Fellow). She was the first ever student from a state school in Scotland. Following graduation she became a journalist, and worked briefly as a dramatist. Her first success as a novelist came with Report for Murder The first Lindsay Gordon Mystery, first published in 1987. Among her many awards are the Portico Prize for Fiction, the LA Times Book Prize, the Lambda Literary Pioneer Award and the Cartier Diamond Dagger. She has published 27 novels, short stories, non-fiction and a prize-winning children's book. She is a regular broadcaster for BBC radio and lives in Edinburgh
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