Hit ITV crime drama series 'The Tower' returns to our screens tonight at 9pm with 'The Tower II: Death Message'. The new series is based on the second book in Kate London’s Metropolitan series of novels.
The series sees the return of all the main cast including Emmett J. Scanlan as police boss DI Kieran Shaw, Gemma Whelan as DS Sarah Collins, Jimmy Akingbola as DC Steve Bradsaw and Tahirah Sharif as PC Lizzie Adama, who DI Shaw had an extramarital affair with in the first series.
In the new series Lizzie and Kieran try to keep things professional, but their mutual attraction still remains. The slippery cop is told he needs to work with DC Bradshaw on a task force to bring down a local crime lord.
Asked about what lengths DI Shaw would go to protect his own skin, Emmett said: "When I hear that question, I get a little bit protective. Basically, he will protect himself like anyone else would. But he puts his own skin on the line every time he puts on that uniform, every time he endeavors to take down the bad guy. He is a brave man. He isn’t a coward. Even though he flirts with and partakes in selfish acts he himself isn’t selfish. His core isn’t selfish. Or maybe it is. You decide."
Meanwhile Sarah is assigned to Homicide Command where she is instructed to re-open the case of a schoolgirl who went missing on the day of Princess Diana's funeral in 1997. As the case unravels, she crosses paths once again with Lizzie who has been assigned to a domestic violence case.
There are also a number of new cast members including Ella Smith who plays DC Elaine Lucas, Sarah's new partner at Homicide Command whose work nickname is 'Fat Elaine.' Initially, the pair don't get along due to their different personalities — Elaine is cantankerous, whilst Sarah is very dedicated to her job and has the misconception that Elaine is lazy.
Ella recently spoke about Elaine's unflinching humour in the workplace: "I think Elaine is a character who very much sees abusive name-calling at work as the badge of honor that it is in policing. She’s almost embarrassed at the snowflakey attempt by DS Collins to defend her. Elaine is hard policing and she doesn’t suffer fools. She can fight her own battles and doesn’t need DS Collins to sweep in and save her from anything. Elaine puts her in her place immediately about that."
The show premieres on ITV1 tonight and continues with a new episode nightly, concluding on Thursday 31st. Full series also on ITVX.