Has the crime drama with Martin Compston been before?

Traces, a gripping crime drama opens tonight on BBC One and it is sure to take over your life.

Set in Scotland, Traces explores the world of SIFA, the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science. It introduces three female protagonists in the form of Emma Hedges, Prof. Sarah Gordon and Prof. Kathy Torrance.

Together they use their forensic knowledge to uncover the truth about a murder.


The tracks begin at 9 p.m. on Jan 4 on BBC One (Photo Credit: BBC)

What is the plot of Traces on the BBC?

“When 23-year-old Emma Hedges returned to Scotland to take on a new position as a laboratory assistant at SIFA, she took an online course teaching the principles of forensics,” reads the summary of the program.

“But she soon discovers that the fictional case study has a strikingly similar and shocking connection to her past.

“As Emma’s investigations lead her into darker corners and reveal more and more secrets, it becomes clear that she shouldn’t trust anyone.

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“It will be Sarah and Kathy’s discerning minds who will reward Emma’s faith in science, which has fired her imagination and which will ultimately bring a murderer to justice.”

However, everything becomes more complicated for Emma when she falls in love with Daniel, who is also involved in the investigation.


The show features a range of British talent including Martin Compston (Credit: BBC)

Who is playing the main role in the tracks?

Molly Windsor leads the cast on Traces. She previously won a BAFTA for her role in the BBC drama Three Girls.

She is accompanied by Laura Fraser as Sarah and Jennifer Spence as Kathy.

Fans will recognize Line of Duty star Martin Compston, who plays the Scottish love interest Neil McKinven.

Other actors in the cast include EastEnders stars Laurie Brett, Morayo Akandé, John Gordon Sinclair, Joana Borj and Anna Leong Brophy.

Tracks BBC Has it been before?
Traces is Beeb’s latest crime drama but has already aired (Credit: BBC)

Has Traces been up before?

If it sounds a little familiar to you, don’t lose your marbles!

The show originally aired on Alibi in December 2019, so there are some reviews of this original outing.

Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know what the reviewers wrote!

Traces Review: What Do Critics Say?

Evening Standard said the show tends to be “stuck” in its use of technical language.

“Lordy, it’s boring,” it says review.

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However, Metro did not agree.

It is claimed that Traces offers a “refreshing, female-led” perspective on the worn-out crime thriller formula.


Viewers can watch the entire season on iPlayer (Image credit: BBC)

Traces Series 2: Will There Be a Second Season?

There is currently no word from Alibi or BBC about a possible second season of the show.

traces starts on BBC One on Monday 4th January at 9 p.m.

For those who can’t wait, the entire series will be on iPlayer at 10pm after the first episode airs.

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