**Warning: Contains spoilers from Sherwood episode 1**
David Morrissey, who plays police officer Ian St Clair in BBC’s Sherwood, has given a bit of insight on what’s to come over the next 5 dramatic episodes.
The six-parter is inspired by two murders that took place in Nottinghamshire back in 2004, where writer James Graham was living at the time.
The first instalment saw local Conservative councillor Sarah Vincent (Joanne Froggatt) marry Neel Fisher (Bally Gill) in a ceremony featuring many of the local residents in attendance.
However, tragedy strikes when former miner Gary Jackson (Alun Armstrong) is shot with a crossbow and killed after leaving the local pub.
It’s DCS St Clair who is tasked with trying to solve the murder, along with the mysterious DI Salisbury (Robert Glenister), who joins the investigation from the Met.
However, with it clear there is still much more sadness and heartbreak yet to come in the multi-faceted series, David shared that ‘nothing is clear cut’ throughout the rest of the series.
He told Metro.co.uk exactly what it was that drew him to the complex project in the first place.
‘I love the fact that it was a police officer, or a man, who had to go and look at his past and, and take responsibility for the past.
Inside that, there are two things. One is the way it affects his town and his community, but also, there’s also how it affects him as a man and an individual, and how he has to walk this tightrope between those two, terrible sort of guilty secrets he has,’ he said.
The actor quickly praised James’ ‘brilliant’ writing, which he noted as another thing that attracted him to the layered role.
David noted: ’I feel that, when we examine the history of our country, sometimes we are, we examine it in a very convenient, triumphant way.
‘It’s important to look at history, both ancient history, as well as recent history, in a very honest way.
It’s not as clear-cut as some people would like us to believe and I think one of the great things about James’s writing is that he presents all sides in a very messy and murky way because nothing is clear-cut.
‘I think it’s important to ask those questions,’ he concluded.
Fans have been treated to a cast full of instantly recognisable names, including Lesley Manville, Robert Glenister and Claire Rushbook in the harrowing series, which continues tonight on the broadcaster.
Sherwood continues tonight at 9pm on BBC One.