7.6
210 votes
Manhunt

Manhunt

ITV 2019

The true story of London Metropolitan police detective Colin Sutton's manhunt for serial killer Levi Bellfield. Series 2, "The Night Stalker", sees Colin Sutton investigate the real life story of a notorious serial rapist who terrorised south east London.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Manhunt

Manhunt - S2E4

#1 - Episode 4 (Season 2 - Episode 4)

The team are losing morale: it's highly unlikely Minstead Man will appear again after such a close call, and the surveillance may be cut short before they can catch their culprit.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 147 votes.

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Manhunt - S1E3

#2 - The Suspect (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton briefs the team in preparation for Bellfield’s arrest.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 406 votes.

Manhunt - S2E2

#3 - Episode 2 (Season 2 - Episode 2)

Colin presents his review findings to DCS Hamish Campbell and suggests a strategy called `Minstead Lite'. But Hamish wants Colin to stay on to see this new approach through.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 153 votes.

Manhunt - S2E3

#4 - Episode 3 (Season 2 - Episode 3)

The Force Tasking Group must decide whether to fund Colin's high stakes gamble. Not only is it expensive, but there's absolutely no guarantee it will work.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 148 votes.

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Manhunt - S1E2

#5 - The Van (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Colin Sutton and his team are trying to identify the white van they have discovered from an extensive trawl of CCTV images. But there are 25,000 possible vans that need to be checked and eliminated.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 426 votes.

Manhunt - S1E1

#6 - The First Day (Season 1 - Episode 1)

On 19th August 2004 French student Amelie Delagrange is found on Twickenham Green with fatal head injuries. Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton is tasked with leading the investigation. There is no forensic evidence from the attacker at the crime scene, and no apparent motive. But there has been a spate of similar violent attacks on young women in the area.

The episode was rated 7.58 from 435 votes.

Manhunt - S2E1

#7 - Episode 1 (Season 2 - Episode 1)

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton is tasked with reviewing Operation Minstead, an eleven-year, multi-million-pound enquiry to catch the `Night Stalker'.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 170 votes.

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Last updated: sep 16, 2022

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[Filmin] An interesting series that focuses more on police work in offices than on the usual criminal-police confrontation. S2 is superior to S1 because it humanizes the victims, showing them (elderly people sexually abused in their homes) above the aggressor, reflecting the shock and shame of admitting the rape. A solid show that abounds in budget problems and in the lack of coordination of the british police.

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UPDATE (15 July 2022): This second season moved much more at pace and really dispelled any reservations I had about the series. The unique nature of telling crime stories as close to the actual facts is to credit for this series being so well received. I had no idea how stringent the regulations are in the UK for dramatizing a real crime. Every person depicted in the drama had to sign off on the portrayal and the details of the case must be factual. I am giving the whole of this series an 8 (fascinating and moving) out of 10. [Real Crime Drama] ORIGINAL REVIEW (11 July 2022): Having just finished the first season, I wanted to write down my preliminary thoughts. This is a very different kind of a police procedural, as it is meticulous in keeping it as close as possible to the events involved in actually solving these three cases. These were real crimes, 3 murders and an attempted murder committed by one man. The source material is a memoir of Colin Sutton, the lead investigator in these crimes who also collaborated in checking the accuracy of the series. As Martin Clunes, who plays Sutton, said in a Facebook Live interview, “It was a story worth telling because this is how crimes get solved. It’s not glamorous. Policemen don’t wear their best clothes to work. It takes a lot of hard, boring work, trolling through CCTV… and looking at everything.” The series was the highest rated new drama in the 2 years before it. The realism is a positive and a negative. The authenticity has a popular attraction but Clunes reminds us that it would be a mistake to forget that those girls were taken. The biggest challenge was to keep the story moving forward, dispute the tedium of the police work. It was a hard line for the production to walk. I’m giving this first season a 7 (a story worth watching) out of 10. [True Police Procedural]

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