New Suspects filming for Damien Molony – is Jack back for Series 4 and 5?
Jack is back!
We’re delighted to share the news that Damien is back on set as DS Jack Weston, shooting brand new episodes of Suspects for Channel 5.
Damien posted the above behind-the-scenes photo, showing him in Jack costume complete with bullet proof vest, on his instagram page yesterday.
He also revealed he is mid Suspects filming during an interview at the Kill Your Friends premiere last week.
One of the show’s co-creators and directors Steve Hughes also confirmed filming via his Twitter page.
He has completed on his episodes after only six days, but filming is still continuing as each series has more than one director.
So what does this new filming mean for our favourite TV crime drama?
At the end of Series 3 in January, Series 4 was announced for the summer, but a TX date is yet to be confirmed.
There has been no official announcement about the new episodes currently being filmed, but we strongly ‘suspect’ this means there will not only be a fourth series, but a fifth series too.
We don’t have the detective skills of CID Team 1, but since the last series ended at the beginning of this year, we’ve been closely following clues and investigating what is happening next with Suspects.
Here’s the evidence and facts we’ve gathered so far:
★ A total of 17 Suspects episodes have been filmed to date (not including current filming) – 10 in Autumn 2013, 7 in summer 2014. But only 13 have aired, 5 in Series 1 and 4 episodes each in both Series 2 and Series 3. This leaves 4 as yet unaired episodes.
★ A summer airdate for Series 4 was announced on air by Channel 5 on 21 January, after the end of Series 3.
★ The Suspects IMDb page (which sources tell us is officially maintained) lists both Series 4 and Series 5.
★ Series 4 is expected to comprise 4 episodes, with Series 5 totalling 6 episodes (also confirmed by the show’s IMDb page.)
★ A ‘next time’ ‘Coming Soon’ preview for series 4, (shown at the end of Series 3) revealed it would include the already previously filmed episodes (mentioned above.)
★ A new ‘coming soon’ Series 4 trailer aired 18 August on Channel 5, but has not been shown since.
So what can we conclude from the above evidence?
Firstly, we cannot be sure of the reason, but Series 4 appears to have been postponed. Secondly, in addition to the existing unaired 4 episodes expected to air in Series 4, new ones are being filmed right now. These facts suggest a possibility that the commissioning of yet another series (yay!) may be the cause of the delay, perhaps allowing for some additional filming for Series 4. Historically there has been some combining of already filmed episodes with new, could this be the case for series 4 and 5?
While we wait for official confirmation, it seems safe to assume there are two new series of Suspects heading to our TV screens (yay!).
This exciting news sweetens the wait for Series 4, but we eagerly anticipate the show’s return. As Jack Weston would say, “Let’s hurry on this one!”
Watch this space for news as it happens!
Suspects is produced by Newman Street (part of FremantleMedia UK) for Channel 5.
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