'The Suspect' Trailer Asks Whether Aidan Turner Is a Hero or a Killer

Aidan Turner in "The Suspect"

Aidan Turner in "The Suspect"

(Photo: Sundance Now)

Buzzy thriller The Suspect officially arrives in America next month on streamer Sundance Now, and if the first trailer is anything to go by, it's going to be a tense and twisty ride, asking us to question what we believe about the lead character we're watching. 

"All fear can be overcome, rational and irrational. And sometimes we need help in doing that," star Aidan Turner intones ominously as the clip begins. What initially sounds like fairly bland self-help advice suddenly becomes much creepier as the promo goes on. We learn that not everything about this supposedly good man is what it seems. 

But whether he is ultimately the hero or the villain of his own life is a story only the rest of the series can unravel.

Aidan Turner in "The Suspect"

Aidan Turner in "The Suspect"

(Photo: Sundance Now)

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Michael Robotham, The Suspect follows the story of Doctor Joe O'Loughlin, who seems to have a perfect life: a devoted wife, a loving daughter, a successful career as a clinical psychologist, and a publishing deal. He even becomes a media personality and local hero after rescuing a young patient ready to jump from the 10th floor of the hospital where he works, and the event is live-streamed online. 

But when he's called in to help investigate the death of a young woman whose body is found in a shallow grave in a West London cemetery, his life rapidly unravels as he goes from public hero to prime suspect.  

As he repeatedly keeps vital information about the victim to himself, we're forced to ask: does Joe have more to hide? His recent diagnosis with a debilitating illness could explain his behavior. But as the investigation into Catherine's death gathers pace, we start to ask, do we know the real Joe, or does he have a secret life? And has his work as a clinical psychologist allowed him to develop a criminal mindset? Or worse?

The five-part series hails from the makers of Line of DutyVigil, and The Pembrokeshire Murders and stars Poldark favorite Turner as Joe (sporting a fairly impressive beard!), alongside Shaun Parkes (Small Axe) and Anjli Mohindra (The Lazarus Project) as veteran police office DI Vincent Ruiz and his young partner DS Riya Devi who have been assigned to investigate the murderand eventually Joe himself. 

The Suspect also features Camilla Beeput (Save Me (Too)) as Julianne, Adam James (Doctor Foster), Sian Clifford (Fleabag) as Dr. Rachel Fenwick, and Bobby Scofield (Time) as Bobby.

All five episodes will be available to stream on Sundance Now beginning Thursday, November 3, on both Sundance Now and AMC+.


Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

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