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Redemption is a brand-new crime drama starting on ITV1 and ITVX tomorrow (March 17) at 9pm. The show from the makers of The Bay and Grace has already aired in Ireland in 2022 but will finally be coming to screens in the UK. The series is set in Ireland and follows no-nonsense detective DI Colette Cunningham (played by Paula Malcolmson), who is a respected officer among her Merseyside Police Serious Crime Squad colleagues. But Colette’s life is turned upside-down when she gets a call from the Garda in Dublin, who tells her about the discovery of a young woman’s body with the detective named as last of kin.

Colette will be consumed by grief and searching answers after her daughter Stacey left home 20 years ago at the tender age of 16.

Stacey didn’t want to be found with Colette trying to figure what happened to her girl.

She also decides to continue working as she goes back to Ireland as she confronts her past and family truths come to light.

The detective will also be wracked with guilt as tries to make sure she does right by Stacey after feeling like she failed her daughter while she was alive.

How many episodes are in Redemption on ITV?

There is a total of six episodes in Redemption which will be airing weekly on ITV1 at 9pm.

Here is a list of the episode, a summary and their air date:

Episode 1 – March 17

The opening instalment sets the scene with Colette working in Liverpool when she finds out about her daughter’s body being found.

She moves back to Ireland to care for her two grandchildren, whom she’s never met before, as she seeks out answers.

Episode 2 – March 24

Colette will start to dig into her Stacey’s death and head into the hospital where she worked.

She will be piecing together the last days of her daughter’s life and finds being a grandparent challenging.

Episode 3 – March 31

Colette will start to discover more about the death and her suspicions are confirmed.

She also meets with Stacey’s boyfriend to gain more of an insight at what else was at play.

Episode 4 – April 7

Colette will be trying to get the evidence she needs for her daughter’s death.

Additionally, there will be developments in a case she is working on in her day job.

Episode 5 – April 14

Colette’s case seems to cross from professional into personal with a link emerging to her daughter’s demise.

Her family life will also be in disarray as she struggles to take care of her grandchildren.

Episode 6 – April 21

The detective thinks she’s finally found a suspect in her daughter’s case and find out what really happened.

But there will of course be twists and turns as Colette tries to get to the truth.

Speaking about the series, lead star Malcomson said: “She’s such an interesting and strong character with her own agency, and she’s in every scene, which was a lovely challenge for me.

“She’s great at what she does and I thought it would be fun to pour what I have into that performance.

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“I’ve actually wanted to play a cop for ages and I’ve fantasised about writing my own cop show too. I worked with my beloved mentor David Milch on Deadwood, who created Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, and he always told me I should really play a cop, so it’s something I’ve thought about for a long time.

“I just think that there’s so much that we can bring to these roles as women that we haven’t seen before on TV, so I’ve been looking for that opportunity to subvert the expectations of the audience.

“I also really love that this a story about a woman in her 50s who has been there and done it, she’s the boss and she can lean on her experience.”

Adding: “ hope the audience will think it’s nice to see a woman in her 50s, who’s not a movie star, being afforded the opportunity to play a role like this.”

Redemption starts on ITV1 and ITVX at 9pm

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