Chasing Shadows (ITV 2014, Alex Kingston, Noel Clarke)

Chasing Shadows is a four-part drama, which focuses on the work of a missing persons field unit charged with tracking down serial killers who prey on impressionable and vulnerable people.

Reece Shearsmith is DS Sean Stone and his partner, Ruth Hattersley is played by Alex Kingston whilst Noel Clarke takes on the role of DI Prior.

On the face of it Sean is intense, socially awkward and a misfit. Get to know him and you realise he’s a man on a mission even if it leads him to self destruction and his eccentric manner frequently lands him in hot water. He’s obsessed with deciphering codes and uncovering patterns of behaviour particularly in relation to those most at risk, vulnerable missing persons.

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Ruth, on the other hand, is a stabilising influence. Maternal, but not mumsy, she’s an analyst from the Missing Persons Bureau tasked to work alongside Sean. In effect his bosses have sidelined him and she is his lifeline. Sean refuses to be tethered to Ruth, but eventually learns that he and Ruth make an awesome team. She has the ability to connect with people and has the expertise to trace missing persons. He is socially awkward and struggles to communicate; yet their strengths strike the perfect balance. On paper. In reality, it is a rocky partnership.

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production details
UK | ITV | 4×50 minutes | 2014

Writer: Rob Williams
Executive Producer: Francis Hopkinson
Producer: Rob Bullock

cast
Alex Kingston as Ruth Hattersley
Noel Clarke as DCI Carl Pryor
Reece Shearsmith as DS Sean Stone

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