The Long Call follows Detective Inspector Matthew Venn, who has returned to live in a small community in North Devon with his husband.
It’s a place Matthew walked away from 20 years ago, after being rejected by his family who are part of the area’s Barum Brethren community.
We meet Matthew outside the local church as his father's funeral takes place. Now he's back, in the place where it all began, not just to grieve for his father but to lead a shocking murder investigation.
A body has been found on the beach - a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck - he’s been stabbed to death. Matthew and his colleagues, Jen and Ross, have a task on their hands: they must unlock a case with no witness, no forensics and no motive.
As Matthew and his team search for clues, we are introduced to members of the North Devon community, including the Barum Brethren community. Matthew must face up to the painful memories he left behind as he grapples with a case that starts to divide friends, family and a community who are searching for answers.
The pressure mounts when the case takes an unexpected turn. Matthew must bring to light the extent of the web of mystery and lies which is suffocating the various communities.
The Long Call airs Monday 25th-Thursday 29th October at 9pm on ITV.