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In Plain Sight 

A three part TV miniseries about Lanarkshire's Detective William Muncie and his quest to bring to justice notorious killer Peter Manuel.
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Series cast summary:
Martin Compston ...  Peter Manuel 3 episodes, 2016
Gilly Gilchrist ...  Samuel Manuel 3 episodes, 2016
Jack Greenlees ...  DS McLeod 3 episodes, 2016
Sorcha Groundsell ...  Jane Muncie 3 episodes, 2016
Douglas Henshall ...  Sergeant William Muncie 3 episodes, 2016
Alana McDowall Alana McDowall ...  Annie Kneilands 3 episodes, 2016
Kate McLaughlin Kate McLaughlin ...  Sandra Muncie 3 episodes, 2016
Bobby Rainsbury ...  Theresa Manuel 3 episodes, 2016
Joanna Roth Joanna Roth ...  Bridget Manuel 3 episodes, 2016
Joanne Thomson ...  Iris Laird 3 episodes, 2016
Gavin Jon Wright Gavin Jon Wright ...  Hugh Kirk 3 episodes, 2016
James Harkness ...  Joe Brannan 2 episodes, 2016
Shauna Macdonald ...  Agnes Muncie 2 episodes, 2016
Louise Mccarthy Louise Mccarthy ...  Babs 2 episodes, 2016
Una McDade Una McDade ...  Mrs. Cooke 2 episodes, 2016
Michael Nardone ...  Det Supt. Leish 2 episodes, 2016
Grant O'Rourke ...  DS Wilson 2 episodes, 2016
David Rintoul ...  CC Renfrew 2 episodes, 2016


Based on a true story, "In Plain Sight" is a three-part miniseries about Lanarkshire Detective William Muncie and his quest to bring to justice notorious serial killer and rapist Peter Manuel, dubbed the "Beast of Birkenshaw" for his crime spree.

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7 December 2016 (UK) See more »

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Glasgow, Scotland, UK

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The three-part series was first broadcast on ITV on 7 December 2016. The series is distributed worldwide by BBC Worldwide. See more »


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Great Acting, great Drama based on true events
4 January 2017 | by drbadass5See all my reviews

This is the Drama of the year for me from ITV (that are based on fact). Compston plays Manual great and Henshall plays Muncie great as well. This 3 part series tells the story of the murder spree of Peter Manual and IMO doe's a great job, each episode went by so fast for me and they did not drag it out like many other dramas have been before. I would say to anyone watch this mini series and the fact it is based on real events makes it more interesting. Manual was a cocky man but Muncie was going to get his man. Muncie investigated 50 murders during career and solved everyone but will be remembered for the Manual case. Manual was a twisted man who even did his own defense at trials after sacking his legal team, even the judge comments on how he performed his defense. He was a step ahead all the time until his downfall came. He was a very committed his offenses in a very calculated manor, all the time right under the nose of the police hence the title i guess. I recommend this 100%. Good script and great acting to along side it.

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