Manhunt: The Night Stalker boss recounts serial rapist’s most horrific crimes – and fears about victims watching show

MANHUNT: The Night Stalker boss has recounted a serial rapist’s most horrific crimes – and his fears about victims watching the show.

Martin Clunes returns once again as real life detective Colin Sutton in the ITV drama.

The first series in 2019 followed Colin as he investigated the death of French student Amélie Delagrange, which lead to the arrest of Levi Bellfield and his connection to other, high profile and unsolved cases.

The new Manhunt series will see Colin pursue a notorious south east London serial rapist, whose 17 year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people fearing for their lives.

Speaking about the horrors the victims were put through, writer Ed Whitmore said during a Q&A: "We knew that the focus was going to be on the police work, but then at the same time you want to give voice to the victims, they have to strike that balance.

"And so we definitely do that, we meet several victims across the four episodes, and one person who actually was a victim of the Nightstalker twice which is just extraordinary.

"It gives us sort of indication as to how, you know, the kind of rash of offending that this man committed over and over such a long period of time that he actually attacked the same man twice is just, just beyond belief.

"And so yes, I think we just had to strike that balance between being tasteful and respectful but also being honest, I think that's not always easy to strike."

Ed also spoke about the affect reading the victims' accounts had on him as he wrote the series.

He said: "It's quite distressing when you read, you read sort of victim account aftervictim account and at a certain point you just have to put it down.

"Because the terrible thing is that although the justice was done and this man was apprehended – I think that's really a spoiler – you know, there was so many lives of these elderly victims ended in the most awful circumstances.

"And even though technically he wasn't a murderer and there's no doubt that he hasten their ends in what he did and there's no sort of redemption there.

"Many of the victims died before he was apprehended and so just the awfulness of that I think I found particularly hard to bear, the injustice of it."

Manhunt II: The Night Stalker will air in the autumn on ITV.

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