‘Black Work’ episode guide

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Sheridan Smith stars in ITV’s Black Work, a new three-part drama about a policewoman determined to find out why her husband was killed.

As she battles to stay strong for the benefit of daughter Melly (Honor Kneafsey) and stepson Hal (Oliver Woollford), Jo is urged by her bosses, DCI Will Hepburn (Douglas Henshall) and Chief Constable Carolyn Jarecki (Geraldine James), to leave it to her fellow officers to find the killer.

But when the murder enquiry starts to uncover some dangerous secrets about Ryan, Jo’s faith in the police family of which she has been a part for so long is severely tested. No longer sure who to trust, Jo embarks on her own investigation with the help of friend and colleague Jack Clark (Matthew McNulty), but as they close in on the identity of Ryan’s killer, Jo’s hunt for the truth will put her own life in danger.

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Episode 1

Sunday 21 June 2015, 9pm

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PC Jo Gillespie (Sheridan Smith) is devastated when her husband, DS Ryan Gillespie (Kenny Doughty), is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in Leeds.

When she learns that Ryan was working undercover at the time of his death her grief is compounded by shock. Ryan’s behaviour appears to have been erratic in the weeks before his death and Jo worries that senior officers of the Greater Yorkshire Police are intent on a cover up.

Jo is determined to find out the truth about the man she was married to and how he died.

As she is on compassionate leave she relies on the help of fellow officer Jack Clark (Matthew McNulty) to tell her what’s going on in the incident room. Tension mounts when recordings of intimate conversations between her and Jack show up in her home.

The family is thrown into further turmoil, but the recordings reveal a vital piece of information that leads Jo to an isolated rural cottage and unexpected danger.


Episode 2

Sunday 28 June 2015, 9pm

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With the chief suspect in custody, the investigation into Ryan’s murder appears to have been wrapped up.

But Jo still has doubts, and as she digs further into her husband’s undercover life, she encounters dark secrets on both sides of the law, which lead to a disturbing revelation about the man she married.


Episode 3

Sunday 5 July 2015, 9pm

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Reeling from a secret that strikes at the heart of her family, Jo decides to put the needs of her children first.

But then another body is discovered and she realises that her husband’s killer is still out there – and closer to home than she’d ever imagined.


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