Emily Watson stars in psychological drama Too Close coming to ITV next week
The Monday 9 pm slot (recently vacated by Unforgotten) on ITV brings a new psychological drama, Too Close, starring Emily Watson (Apple Tree Yard, Chernobyl) as Emma Robertson and Denise Gough (Monday) as Connie Mortensen. ITV has released full details and a detailed synopsis for the first episode (coming April 12).
Dedicated forensic psychiatrist, Emma Robertson, is assigned to work with Connie Mortensen, a wife and mother accused of a despicable crime. Her assessment of the ‘yummy mummy monster’s’ sanity will determine whether Connie faces life in jail, life in a secure psychiatric hospital, or the chance of rehabilitation and release.
Emma hopes the high-profile case will make her career, but sessions with Connie quickly become a complex psychological game of cat and mouse with confusing sexual undercurrents. Connie has a searing insight into Emma’s insecurities and brutally exploits them — it isn’t clear whether she is hoping to manipulate Emma to gain her freedom, or simply toying with Emma for her own entertainment…
Emma gradually starts to understand what drove Connie to her crime, but it also seems that she may be getting too close to a woman who is beyond redemption — can Emma see to it that justice is done without destroying herself in the process?
It’s another example of an ITV strong suit — complex, character led shows set in around the criminal justice system. There’s a lot more detail in the full synopsis.