ITV has announced that true crime drama The Hunt for Raoul Moat will begin airing later this month, starring Lee Ingleby as the lead role of senior Northumbria police officer Neil Adamson, who spearheaded the efforts to locate Moat.
The three-part series tells the story of the manhunt for the former Newcastle doorman after he shot his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, her new partner Christopher Brown and police officer David Rathband in 2010.
According to ITV, the series will focus on the victims, police officers, and a local journalist who sought to report the real story amidst a landscape of sensationalist reporting and social media provocation.
When the series was announced back in April 2022, writer Kevin Sampson revealed: “The hunt for Raoul Moat gripped me from the start, as it was the first such case to be covered ‘live’ by the new 24-hour news channels in the UK. Even then, it interested me that Moat was being portrayed by some as a ‘legend’ in spite of the brutality of his crimes.”
He added: “In 2022, violence against women remains rife and is all too often accompanied by a victim-blaming agenda. I hope this drama will go some way to condemning this narrative.”
At the same time, ITV’s head of drama Polly Hill added: “The Hunt for Raoul Moat shines a light on the human tragedies behind the true story of Britain’s biggest ever manhunt to apprehend a violent killer. Following on from his success with Anne earlier this year, Kevin Sampson’s scripts are once again insightful and compelling.”
The Hunt for Raoul Moat begins on ITV on April 16th at 9pm
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