ITV confirms Martin Clunes' Manhunt will return for series 2 about 'serial rapist with 17-year reign of terror'

ITV has confirmed Martin Clunes' Manhunt will return for series 2 about a 'serial rapist with a 17-year reign of terror'.

Martin, 58, will reprise his role as DCI Colin Sutton for Manhunt II: The Night Stalker, which is based on a real-life case.

Series two is based on the former London Metropolitan Police detective's diaries and will see him pursue a serial rapist, “whose 17 year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people in south east London living in fear”.

Executive producer Philippa Braithwaite said in a statement: “We are very pleased that ITV have given us the opportunity to dramatise another important case that Colin Sutton was involved in just before his retirement from the Force.

“His inquiry has a very different emphasis to the Bellfield case; the victims were elderly and the crimes were unsolved for many years."

She continued: “The drama explores how Colin came late to the inquiry and helped solve it in a matter of weeks, taking an incredibly dangerous serial rapist off the streets.”

Series one of Manhunt aired last year and focused on DCI Sutton's hunt for serial killer Levi Bellfield, who killed Milly Dowler in 2002 and two others, Amelie Delagrange and Marsha McDonnell.

Filming for series two has already begun and will air sometime next year.

The news comes after Martin revealed why his other ITV show, the beloved Doc Martin, has been cancelled after 16 years.

The series – which sees Martin play a squeamish surgeon in a sleepy village – will return for a 10th and final season next year.

Appearing on Loose Women via video link in September, he explained: "All good things have to come to an end, and I'm sure there are lots of people who aren't fans of the show who think it's terribly repetitive anyway. But we're at huge pains not to repeat ourselves.

"I just think we've sort of done everything. I mean, it would be so great to just sort of carry on, but I don't think we can keep it as good."

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