The cast of ITV's The Tower

The Tower: the first episode of ITV’s grisly new crime drama hits screens tonight

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Based on Kate London’s novel Post Mortem, ITV’s new crime drama The Tower is set to be unmissable autumn TV – and it’s hitting screens tonight (8 November).

With darker evenings on their way courtesy of the clocks going back last week, now’s the time to dig your teeth into some of the brilliant autumn TV that’s coming to our screens this season, including ITV’s The Tower.

The first episode of the new three-part series – which is based on ex-Metropolitan police officer Kate London’s novel Post Mortem – is set to air tonight (8 November) on ITV at 9pm, so you don’t have long to wait.

And with an all-star cast led by none other than Game Of Thrones and Killing Eve star Gemma Whelan, this isn’t one you’re going to want to miss.

Keep reading to check out everything we know about ITV’s The Tower so far. 

What is The Tower about? 

ITV's The Tower
The Tower follows the story of Detective Sergeant Sarah Collins.

The Tower follows the story of Detective Sergeant Sarah Collins, who is tasked with investigating the deaths of a 15-year-old girl called Farah and a long-serving police officer called PC Hadley Matthews after they mysteriously fall from the roof of a tower block in south-east London.

When she’s called to the scene alongside her colleague DC Steve Bradshaw, the pair are not only met by the terrible scene unfolding at the bottom of the tower, but discover a series of people on the roof of the tower: a five-year-old boy called Ben and a rookie police officer called PC Lizzie Adama. 

But before Sarah can interview Lizzie to find out more about what’s going on, she disappears – leaving Sarah to get to the bottom of both mysteries.

As the official synopsis reads: “[Sarah] not only has to track down Lizzie before she comes to serious harm, but also to uncover the truth behind the grisly deaths. What chain of events took two police officers and two children to the roof of that tower block – why did two of them die? Why did two of them survive?” 

Who stars in The Tower?

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Gemma Whelan stars as DS Sarah Collins.

Game Of Thrones’ Gemma Whelan will take on the role of DS Sarah Collins alongside Kate and Koji’s Jimmy Akingbola, who will play DC Steve Bradshaw.

Other cast members include The Haunting Of Bly Manor’s Tahirah Sharif, who will play rookie cop Lizzie Adama, and Peaky Blinders star Emmett J. Scanlan, who will take on the role of Lizzie’s boss, police inspector Kieran Shaw.

Also joining the cast are Nick Holder and Lola Elsokari as PC Hadley Matthews and Farah respectively.

Patrick Harbinson – best known for his work as a producer on Homeland – will executive produce, while the show will be co-produced by Sherie Myers, who worked on Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You

Is there a trailer for The Tower?

Yes! On 25 October, Emmett J. Scanlan shared the trailer via Twitter – and it’s seriously intense. You can check it out below. 

What are people saying about The Tower?

Harbinson has sung his praises for Kate London’s novel as source material for the show: “As soon as I read Kate London’s beautifully written novels I knew they were it,” he says.

“They are authentic, funny, crammed with original characters, and they tell intense and challenging stories. I know that audiences will fall in love with Kate’s two wonderful protagonists Sarah and Lizzie, just as I have.” 

Author Kate London has voiced her praise for the work that has been done on The Tower so far: “I am thrilled and honoured that Patrick and the high-calibre team at ITV have come together to bring my characters to life on the screen,” she says.

“In 2006 I ran away from the circus to join the police,” she added. “Within a matter of weeks I was writing – not for publication, but because I just had to get down on paper the world I encountered: its complexity, laughter, loyalty, the moral conflicts and the dangers that were not only physical. 

“Policing showed me London in a way no other job could. The product of this experience was my first novel, Post Mortem.” 

When and where will The Tower be available to watch?

The first episode of The Tower will air on ITV at 9pm on Monday 8 November, with the remaining episodes airing on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 at the same time.

All three episodes will also be available to watch on ITV Hub. 

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Lauren Geall

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