How many parts does it have and is it based on a novel?

The Tower is THE drama to watch on ITV1 this week – how many episodes does it have and what is it about?

The series follows events after a longtime police officer and young girl fell to their deaths from a London skyscraper.

The subsequent investigation by DS Sarah Collins leads her into the dark heart of the police.

Here is everything you need to know!


Gemma Whelan as DS Sarah Collins in the cast of The Tower (Image: ITV1)

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The tower on ITV1 – what is it about?

The Tower is following an investigation into the deaths of a longtime police officer and a teenage Muslim girl.

Both fell to their deaths under worrying circumstances from a high-rise building in south-east London.

A five-year-old boy and the policewoman Lizzie Adama live on the roof – who disappears within hours.

DS Sarah Collins (Gemma Whelan) faces the seemingly impossible task of solving the crime.

She must track down Lizzie before she is seriously harmed and uncover the truth behind what happened.

Sarah and her partner DC Steve Bradshaw (Jimmy Akingbola) are busy in this compelling drama.

The Tower Episodes – how many parts are there?

The Tower is a short series with only three episodes!

Each episode is an hour long, including commercial breaks.

There are currently no plans for any more episodes of The Tower, although there are other books that can be customized.

So watch out for this space!

Tahirah Sharif
Tahirah Sharif as PC Lizzie Adama in the cast of The Tower (Image: ITV1)

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When is the next episode of The Tower on ITV1?

The tower starts on Monday, November 8th, 2021 at 9 p.m. on ITV1.

The second episode will be broadcast the next evening, Tuesday, November 9, 2021, also at 9 p.m.

Viewers can watch the third and final episode on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 9 p.m.

All episodes will be available on the ITV hub immediately afterwards.

The tower cast

Game of Thrones star Gemma Whelan, 40, will star Sarah Collins in The Tower.

The award-winning Gemma has previously appeared in Gentleman Jack, White House Farm, Killing Eve and The Moorside.

Tahirah Sharif of Waterloo Road plays rookie cop Lizzie Adama while Emmett J. Scanlan of Hollyoaks plays uniformed police inspector DI Kieran Shaw.

Holby’s Jimmy Akingbola is DC Steve Bradshaw, while Peaky Blinders star Nick Holder plays PC Hadley Matthews.

Karl Davies – aka Robert Sugden in Emmerdale – portrays DCI Tim Bailie.

Meanwhile, another former soap star, Nabil Elouahabi, plays the sad father Younes Mehenni.

Nabil Elouahabi
Nabil Elouahabi as Younes Mehennii in The Tower cast (Image: ITV1)

The Tower Episodes: is the series based on a novel?

The thriller “The Tower” is based on Kate London’s novel “Post Mortem”.

The author, Kate, is a former detective on the Metropolitan Police’s homicide squad.

She quit to write full-time.

Her first novel, Post Mortem, was published in 2014 with strong reviews.

Kate’s second book in the trilogy, Death Message, was published in April 2017.

The third novel in the series, Gallowstree Lane, was published in 2019.

Patrick Harbinson has now adapted the novel for television.

He is the man behind the hit US series Homeland.

The Tower will air three nights in a row, starting Monday, November 8, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. on ITV1.

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