The first look at Ben Aldridge and Pearl Mackie revealed

The Long Call is a new drama debuting on ITV.

With Ben Aldridge and Pearl Mackie it will be a gripping four-part event drama.

But what is it about? When does it run? And what else were these stars in?

We answer these questions and more about this exciting new ITV series …

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What is The Long Call about?

The Long Call is a four-part drama about ITV, adapted from Anne Cleeves’ bestseller of the same name.

It focuses on the life of two urban transplants in rural Devon.

Detective Inspector Matthew Venn (played by Ben Aldrige) returns to a small North Devon community with his husband Jonathan (played by Declan Bennett).


This is the first look image of The Long Call (Credit: ITV)

While Pearl Mackie DC plays Jen Rafferty, a former Londoner who moved to this remote destination with her two teenage children.

The first picture shows both Ben and Pearl in character.

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The official summary of The Long Call reads: “After the body of a man was found on the beach near Matthew’s house, the investigation raises doubts for the entire community.

“Matthew and his team must investigate a case that has old wounds and a deadly secret to unmask the killer.”

When is the long call to ITV?

An official release date for The Long Call has yet to be confirmed.

However, filming is officially in progress.

This suggests it will debut either later this year or early 2022.

Juliet Stevenson
Juliet Stevenson also stars in The Long Call (Image credit: ITV)

This likely all depends on whether COVID-19 effects future film restrictions.

It is filmed between North Devon and Bristol.

While it is produced by ITV Studios label Silverprint Pictures and co-produced with BritBox North America.

What else was Ben Aldridge in?

35-year-old Ben is known for his various recent television roles.

He played the funny role “A *** hole guy” on the award-winning BBC series Fleabag.

And currently as Thomas Wayne in Pennyworth.

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Ben Aldridge as Thomas Wayne (Image credit: SplashNews)

Additional credits include roles like Our Girl, Reign, Compulsion and Lewis.

Ben said he was thrilled to be on the show: “I’m very excited to play Matthew Venn, a brilliantly unorthodox detective whose audience will see the solution of a gripping and intricate 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.”

Pearl Stevenson
Pearl Stevenson stars in this upcoming ITV drama (Credit: SplashNews)

Where have you seen Perl Mackie?

Pearl, 33, is perhaps best known for her role as Bill Potts in Doctor Who.

You can also recognize her as Elsa Powers in Gods of Medicine.

Or as Kay in Urban Myths.

Who else is in the Long Call?

Long Call’s cast also includes Neil Morrissey, Sarah Gordy, Amit Shah, and Juliet Stevenson.

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