Channel 5, Acorn TV investigate detective series Ellis

By Michael Pickard
February 7, 2024


Sharon D Clarke (Showtrial) will take the lead in Ellis, a detective series commissioned by Channel 5 in the UK and Acorn TV.

Clarke, left, stars as DCI Ellis, a tenacious cop who is parachuted into failing investigations. Each of the three, two-hour episode sees Ellis – accompanied by her right-hand man DS Harper, played by Andrew Gower (The Winter King) – arrive at a different police station, where she will have to win over the local detectives and immerse herself in the cases she has come to solve.

As a black female cop, Ellis is used to being dismissed and overlooked, but she is a first-class murder detective, with a determination for justice and a deep well of compassion for those who need it.

The series comes from Company Pictures, in association with distributor All3Media International, and Northern Ireland Screen. Executive producers for Company Pictures are Michele Buck and Lucy Raffety, with producer Chris Martin and writers Paul Logue and Sian Ejiwunmi-Le Berre.

Ellis is set to begin filming this spring in Northern Ireland and will air on Channel 5 and Acorn TV later this year.

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