Detective William Muncie’s hunt for Scottish killer Peter Manuel to be turned into ITV drama

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ITV is to air a three part true crime drama based on the true story of Lanarkshire detective William Muncie’s quest to bring to justice notorious Scottish killer Peter Manuel.

“Muncie is a compelling three part series featuring a true crime story. We’re delighted to be commissioning the mini-series from World Productions and Finlaggan Films, and to be working with Nick Stevens, whose scripts perfectly capture Manuel’s personal vendetta against the man who struggled to bring him to justice.” – ITV’s Controller of Drama, Victoria Fea

Douglas Henshall will take the role of William Muncie whilst Peter Manuel is to be played by Martin Compston. Produced by World Productions and Finlaggan Films, Muncie starts filming in Scotland this month. After extensively researching the story, this is Nick Stevens’ TV writing debut. The mini-series will be directed by John Strickland, who helmed the recent Line of Duty finale.

Muncie first arrested Manuel in 1946 for housebreaking, but also successfully convicted him for a string of sexual assaults. Manuel vowed revenge. Released from prison in 1955, Manuel embarked on a two-year killing spree, claiming eight lives in the close-knit communities of South Lanarkshire. He also made Muncie his Number One target audience, sending him birthday cards and leaving tantalising clues.

Manuel evaded capture for so long because he was unlike anything the local police had ever encountered: A murderer without any discernible motive whose victims were chosen at random. Muncie was the one man who had Manuel’s measure and doggedly refused to give up until Manuel was brought to justice.

The cast will also include Brian McCardie who takes the role of Samuel Manuel, Denis Lawson as Lawrence Dowdall, Shauna Macdonald as Agnes Muncie, Joanna Roth as Bridget Manuel and Gary Lewis as William Watt.

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