The Deceived start date: How many episodes are in The Deceived?

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The Deceived is the new thriller series on Channel 5, created by Derry Girls mastermind Lisa McGee and screenwriter Tobias Beer. The drama stars Paul Mescal, Emmet J. Scanlan, Catherine Walker and Emily Reid. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the new series.

When does The Deceived start?

The Deceived premieres tonight (Monday, August 3) at 9pm on Channel 5.

You can watch The Deceived as it airs live on Channel 5 in the UK.

If you happen an episode of The Deceived, you can catch up online via Channel 5’s on-demand service, My 5 for free.

The drama will also air on Virgin Media Television in Ireland.

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How many episodes are in The Deceived?

There are four episodes in The Deceived on Channel 5.

Episodes will air over the next four nights at 9pm, starting tonight (Monday, August 3) and concluding on Thursday, August 6.

Each episode of The Deceived is an hour-long, finishing at 10pm.

The series, written by Derry Girls Lisa McGee, tells the story of English student Ophelia (played by Reid), who falls in love with her married lecturer Dr Michael Callaghan (Scanlan) at Cambridge University.

The synopsis reads: “A compelling, sinister narrative of lust, manipulation and betrayal, the central character in The Deceived is English student Ophelia, who falls in love with her married lecturer, seeing in him all the answers to her needs.

“When their affair results in a shocking and tragic death, Ophelia finds herself trapped in a world where she can no longer trust her own mind.”

The drama is produced by News Pictures, the production company behind The Missing and Catherine the Great.

Episode one (Monday, August 3) will follow Ophelia as she falls in love with her married lecturer.

The synopsis for the second episode (Tuesday, August 4) simply teases: “Suspicions increase about Michael’s wife’s death.”

Episode three (Wednesday, August 5) will see Ophiela question everything and things will come to a head in the finale on Thursday, August 6.

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Who stars in The Deceived?

The Deceived on Channel 5 features a star-studded cast.

Peaky Blinders star and Hollyoaks alum Scanlan play English lecturer Dr Michael Callaghan.

Shetland’s Catherine Walker portrays Dr Michael’s wife Roisin, who knows nothing of her husband’s affair.

Reid stars as an English student, Ophelia, who falls in love with her lecturer Michael Callaghan.

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Speaking of the new series actress Reid said: “When we first meet Ophelia she is a student at Cambridge.

“She soon falls madly in love and that love takes her to a very scary place psychologically and soon the world she inhabits starts to become very dangerous.

“Everything is a bit uncanny, you can never quite pinpoint what is wrong but there is constantly something that is not quite right. Eventually, you find out what that is.”

Reid is an up and coming actress, best known for playing Sophia Trenchard in Belgravia and Roxanna Dubiki in The Trouble with Maggie Cole.

Normal People’s Paul Mescal plays Sean McKeogh, Ophelia’s friend at university whom she confides in.

Speaking about his character, Mescal said “Sean is a simple man, in a good sense. He is a man directly invested in the community, he has a very strong and good moral compass and he has his eye on Ophelia.

“He is attracted to her but also there is a slight concern he has for her. Most of my scenes are with Emily, who is phenomenal in this and she is a wonderful person and was very kind and generous with her time.”

Little Women’s Eleanor Methven plays Roisin’s mother, Mary Mulvey alongside Derry Girls star Ian McElhinney who stars as Michael’s father Hugh.

Liar’s Shelley Conn stars as Roisin’s best friend Ruth opposite, Patrick Melrose’s Dempsey Bovell portrays Matthew’s close friend.

In a statement, writers McGee and Beer said “We always had a ‘dream cast’ in mind when we began working on the show, but never imagined we would end up with them actually on board.

“With the brilliant Chloe Thomas directing, we are thrilled to have the story in such gifted hands.”

The Deceived airs weeknights at 9pm on Channel 5, concluding on Thursday, August 6

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