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Innocent series 2 review: Katherine Kelly wades into depths of emotion as tormented teacher in gripping crime drama

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Who can be believed in series two of Innocent? (Picture: ITV)

Innocent returns for series two with a new perplexing case, as Katherine Kelly digs deep into her emotions to convey the tortured soul of a woman imprisoned for a crime she seemingly did not commit.

Following the release of series one of Innocent in 2018, the ITV crime drama has returned with an entirely new story and cast, which centres around the death of a 16-year-old boy.

Several years prior to the start of the show, teacher Sally Wright (played by Coronation Street star Katherine) was believed to have been having an affair with a student named Matty Taylor.

When Matty is found brutally murdered, fingers point towards Sally, resulting in her being charged for the murder.

However, following the discovery of new evidence that indicates that she was miles away from the crime scene at the time of Matty’s death, Sally is released from prison and sets out on a mission to clear her name.

Despite her newfound freedom, Sally continues to be treated with suspicion by those around her, all the while having to cope with the fact that her marriage to probation officer Sam (Jamie Bamber) came crashing down following her original guilty sentence.

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Sally faces public disgrace when she goes to jail for a crime she seemingly didn’t commit (Picture: ITV)

Katherine shines in the drama as a woman who appears to be a shadow of her former self, while at the same time holding onto an unrelenting sense of determination that she deserves her old life back, no matter what anyone else thinks of her.

You can see the pain that Sally is harbouring with every interaction that she has, whether she’s having to face up to the press, the parents of the boy many people in the community believe she murdered or her ex-husband, who moved on with his life in her absence.

Despite having some allies to fall back on, Sally’s battle is far from over, and her involvement in the investigation into Matty’s murder shines a spotlight on several people who could have reason to be regarded as possible suspects.

While at times series two of Innocent does fall into the trap of predictability, this is inevitably an occupational hazard for the whodunit genre.

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Questions continue to surround Matty’s death years later (Picture: Steffan Hill/ITV)

The show tries to circumvent this drawback with a dizzying array of twists and turns, some more convincing than others.

But thankfully, the strong performances of the cast, which include Priyanga Burford, Shaun Dooley and Amy-Leigh Hickman, will likely enable its audience to overlook any plot devices that may seem a little gratuitous.

It may feel as though Innocent is spinning several plates at once due to the fact that the series has been condensed into four episodes.

However, on the whole, the four-episode arc plays in the drama’s favour, drawing viewers in with high-intensity drama from start to finish with a fair few shocks along the way.

Innocent series 2 verdict

Series two of Innocent delivers a compelling narrative that will leave viewers questioning every single person who appears on screen.

Despite falling into the trap of some predictable tropes of the genre, the captivating crime drama maintains a consistent level of intrigue and makes gripping revelations as evidence hidden away for years is brought to light.

Innocent airs tonight at 9pm on ITV.


Credit: Original article published here.

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