Premiering on 9 November 2016, Dark Heart is a British television crime drama series adapted from writer Adam Creed’s Will Wagstaffe novels. Tom Riley takes on the role of DI Will Wagstaffe, a police detective tormented by the unresolved double murder of his parents during his sixteenth year.
Chris Lang penned a solitary feature-length pilot, adapted from the novel “Suffer the Children,” and Colin Teague directed it. The pilot, featuring Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Tom Brooke, Anjli Mohindra, Charlotte Riley, and Miranda Raison, made its debut on ITV Encore on 9 November 2016.
Transitioning to the next segment, we delve into the much-anticipated Dark Heart Season 2, exploring its release date and shedding light on Tom Riley’s insights into tweaking the pilot for the right audience. Additionally, we’ll take a closer look at the cast of the series, providing a comprehensive overview for those eager to know more.
When Will Season 2 Of Dark Heart Be Released?
As of now, there’s no official confirmation regarding the release date for the second season of Dark Heart. The TV series, which debuted on October 31, 2018, on ITV as a scripted drama and crime show with episodes lasting 60 minutes, is currently airing its first season on Wednesdays at 21:00.
Regrettably, recent reports suggest that ITV has opted not to proceed with a second season for Dark Heart, resulting in the show’s cancellation. While this news may be disappointing, we’ll keep this page updated in case ITV reverses its decision and decides to revive Dark Heart for another season.
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Meet The Dark Heart Ensemble: Characters And Cast Members
- Tom Riley takes on the role of Detective Inspector Will “Staffe” Wagstaffe.
- Anjli Mohindra portrays Detective Constable Josie Chancellor.
- Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and Tom Brooke play Detective Sergeants Dave Pulford and Rick Johnson in Episodes 1—2.
- Jason Maza steps into the role of Detective Sergeant Rob Mullan from Episodes 3—6.
- Michele Austin and Alex Carter embody Detective Constables Annie Webb and Ray Monk in Episodes 3—6.
- Gregg Chillin portrays forensic pathologist Luke Paul in Episodes 3—6.
- Charlotte Riley brings to life Juliette Wagstaffe, Staffe’s elder sister.
- Miranda Raison takes on the character of Sylvie, Staffe’s girlfriend.
- Joseph Teague plays Harry Wagstaffe, Staffe’s nephew.
- Jonathan Harden appears as Grant Balden.
- Edward Akrout assumes the role of Paulo, Juliette’s fiancé.
- Christopher Fulford is featured as Bob Jessop, ex-Detective Inspector in Episodes 1—2.
Tom Riley On Tweaking Dark Heart Pilot For The Right Audience
Tom Riley revealed that the decision to reshoot the pilot as the first two episodes of the series aimed to eliminate elements of violence and torture more suited to a “cable audience.” He emphasized the rare opportunity to reassess and refine the content, noting that such a luxury is not commonly available in the industry.
Notable revisions included the removal of close-up shots depicting the disturbing scene of a murder victim’s face, scenes featuring explicit dialogue between Staffe and Josie (Anjli Mohindra) expressing admiration, and the complete reshooting of several scenes involving Staffe and Sylvie (Miranda Raison), such as dinner and intimate moments.
Additionally, the initially “blurry” close-up filming style from the pilot was toned down for the rest of the series in response to negative feedback from viewers.
During production, scenes were filmed at one of the beach chalets on Shellness Beach, Kent, and a drone shot captured a car traveling along Shellness Road, Kent.