ITV has renewed Irvine Welsh’s drama series Crime, starring Dougray Scott, for a second season for its new streaming service ITVX.


Crime stars Dougray Scott as Detective, Ray Lennox, adapted from the best-selling novel by one of Scotland’s greatest-ever writers, Irvine Welsh.

The show, which premiered on BritBox last November, is based on the writer’s own 2008 novel and marked the author’s first foray into TV shows.

The second series will pick up with Scott’s troubled detective, who has settled back into Edinburgh’s Serious Crimes team following his breakdown over the toll of the last investigation.

ITV’s synopsis for the new series of Crime reads:

“When a high-ranking member of the establishment is found dead in a Leith warehouse, Lennox is thrown into a case which quickly reveals itself as the work of a serial killer,”


“As victims mount up, Lennox realises these are anything but random. This is the work of a solitary killer with an axe to grind. Never far from his psychological turmoil, Lennox is pushed back towards his demons by this new case.”

Speaking about the new series, Welsh said:

“I loved working on the first season of Crime, and [co-writer] Dean Cavanagh and myself are already having a blast developing scripts for the second series. It was wonderful to work with such a talented cast and we hope to push those memorable characters further this time. No more Mister Nice Guy from Dean and I.”

Scott added:

“Making Crime has been one of the most exhilarating experiences of my career. I’m so grateful to get to work once again with the great Irvine Welsh, my wonderful producing partner Tony Wood and all at Buccaneer and ITV. I feel very fortunate.”

The first series of Crime also starred Joanna Vanderham (Warrior), Angela Griffin (White Lines), Ken Stott (The Dig) and Jamie Sives (Guilt).

Welsh is best known for writing Trainspotting, which was adapted into the famous 1996 film. Last year, it was confirmed that the writer is working on a stage musical version, which is due to premiere in the West End.

Filming will commence on the new series of Crime in Summer 2022. It will be once more set in Edinburgh. A release date is to be announced.


You can watch the first series of Crime which is streaming now on BritBox.

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