ITV has announced the cast for its new crime drama based on Peter Sutcliffe.

The seven-part series will tell the story of one of West Yorkshire’s biggest manhunts which lasted for five years.

Sutcliffe murdered 13 women and attempted to kill seven others between 1975 and 1980.

Toby Jones will play DCS Dennis Hoban, who initially led the enquiry, with David Morrissey taking the role of DCS George Oldfield, who famously took on the investigation.

More names viewers will recognise among the new cast are Katherine Kelly and Daniel Mays.

Here’s everything you need to know about The Long Shadow from when it’s on TV, what it’s about and the full cast list.

When will ITV’s The Long Shadow be on TV?

The Long Shadow produced by New Pictures and written by George Kay will be coming to ITV1 and ITVX in September.

ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill said: “George’s scripts and Lewis’ direction together with this wonderful cast have produced a sensitive and brilliant drama that we are proud to have on ITV."

The Bolton News: Daniel Mays will appear as Sydney Jackson in The Long Shadow which tells the story of Peter SutcliffeDaniel Mays will appear as Sydney Jackson in The Long Shadow which tells the story of Peter Sutcliffe (Image: ITV)

What is ITV’s The Long Shadow about?

ITV writes: “The drama is the definitive depiction of the desperate five-year hunt for serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, sensitively focussing on the lives of the victims who crossed his path and those of the officers at the heart of the police investigation.

“With the victims, their families and the survivors at the heart of this series, The Long Shadow brings a new perspective to a well-documented story.”

The broadcaster added: “Meticulously researched and drawing upon the most extensive archive of the investigation, comprising of hundreds of case files, interview transcripts and police reports, the series is also based on Wicked Beyond Belief, Michael Bilton’s critically acclaimed account of the case, published by William Collins.”

The Bolton News: Katherine Kelly will play the role of Emily Jackson in The Long ShadowKatherine Kelly will play the role of Emily Jackson in The Long Shadow (Image: ITV)

Full cast for ITV’s The Long Shadow announced

Toby Jones known for his iconic role as the voice of Dobby in Harry Potter, Sherwood’s David Morrissey and Coronation Street’s very own Katherine Kelly are among the star-studded line-up.

Inspector George Gently favourite Lee Ingleby, Byker Grove’s Jill Halfpenny, Jasmine Lee-Jones, Liz White and Line of Duty’s Daniel Mays also feature in the series.

  • Toby Jones - DCS Dennis Hoban
  • David Morrissey - DCS George Oldfield
  • Lee Ingleby - DCS Jim Hobson
  • Katherine Kelly - Emily Jackson
  • Daniel Mays - Sydney Jackson
  • Shaun Thomas - Neil Jackson
  • Jill Halfpenny - Doreen Hill
  • Daisy Waterstone - Jacqueline Hill
  • Jasmine Lee-Jones - Marcella Claxton
  • Molly Wright - Donna Deangelo
  • Liz White - PS Meg Winterburn
  • Shaun Dooley - DCS Chris Gregg

Other cast members include Alexa Davies, Chloe Harris, Stephen Tompkinson, Jack Deam, Michael McElhatton, Adam Long, Ruth Madeley, Dorothy Atkinson, Rob James-Collier, Charley Webb, Steven Waddington and Kris Hitchen.

ITV adds: “The Long Shadow will speak to the societal issues of the past whilst highlighting alarming parallels between these terrible crimes and tragic events in our more recent history.”