Fleabag actor takes the lead, but who else is there?

The Long Call on ITV will be the station’s next big crime drama.

And now the cast has been announced for the series, written by the creator of Vera and Shetland.

Ann Cleeves’ new crime series has already become a bestseller, and now it’s set to become a TV series too.


The new series is by Ann Cleeves (Photo Credit: Brett D. Cove / SplashNews.com)

What is The Long Call on ITV about?

The novels feature Detective Inspector Matthew Venn, who has returned with his husband, Jonathan, to live in a small North Devon community.

Matthew left town under a cloud 20 years ago.

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Now he’s back to mourn his father, but to take charge of his first major murder.

A body was found on the beach near Matthew’s new home: a man with an albatross tattoo on his neck was stabbed to death.

Ben Aldridge stars in The Long Call on ITV
Ben will play DI Matthew Venn (Photo Credit: Eugene Powers / SplashNews.com)

Who stars in The Long Call on ITV?

Ben Aldridge will star DI Matthew Venn on the series.

The actor previously appeared in Our Girl and Fleabag.

Ben, 35, played Captain Charles James in the BBC One army drama and A ******* Guy in Phobe Waller-Bridge’s award-winning comedy.

Ben on the show also includes Emma and Truly, Madly, Deeply actress Juliet Stevenson (who plays Matthew’s mother, Dorothy), and Martin Shaw as Dennis.

ITV says Anita Dobson, Neil Morrissey, Pearl Mackie, Dylan Edwards, Sarah Gordy, Amit Shah and Alan Williams will also appear.

Juliet Stevenson also stars in The Long Call on ITV
Juliet Stevenson will also appear on The Long Call (Photo Credit: SplashNews.com)

What did Ben say about the role?

Ben told the audiobook version of the novels.

He said, “I’m very excited to play Matthew Venn, a brilliantly unorthodox detective whose audience will see the solution of a gripping and complicated case …

“… While simultaneously overcoming a deeper, more personal secret within himself.

It is a poignant and complex journey of self-discovery and sexual and religious identity.

“It is a poignant and complex journey of self-discovery and sexual and religious identity that controls the tension between pride and shame.

“I feel privileged to be able to present it to the ITV viewers in The Long Call.”

Crow Point in Devon is on The Long Call on ITV
Crow Point in Devon is in The Long Call on ITV (Photo credit: Google Maps)

When will it be on?

ITV says the series will start filming this month (April 2021).

This means it may appear on the schedules later this year.

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Or it could appear in early 2022.

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