The Tower – 8 November 2021 – ITV

Episode 1 – DS Sarah Collins and her colleague, DC Steve Bradshaw, officers in the Directorate of Special Investigations (DSI), are called to an incident at Portland Tower in south east London. They find at the bottom of the tower the dead bodies of long-serving police officer, PC Hadley Matthews, and a 15-year-old Libyan refugee, Farah Mehenni. Up on the roof Sarah finds a traumatised five-year-old boy and a rookie police officer, PC Lizzie Adama – the only witnesses to what happened.

Sarah and Steve discover that the dead girl Farah kidnapped the boy from his home and took him to the top of the tower, but they have no idea why. Before they can interview Lizzie she is allowed to go home by her boss, DI Kieran Shaw. When Steve goes to Lizzie’s flat, she has disappeared. Further complicating matters, they learn from Kieran that Lizzie is a key witness in a murder case involving an organised crime figure who is still at large. According to Kieran this may explain why Lizzie went on the run, it certainly means her life is in danger.

Sarah and Steve attempt to track Lizzie down while also trying to unravel the mystery of what happened on the roof. The further they investigate, the more they suspect that they are being deliberately misled – that Kieran Shaw has, in Steve’s words, sent them down a rabbit hole. At the episode’s climax, Sarah and Lizzie will come face to face again, and we reveal that Kieran does indeed have something to hide.

About The Tower

When DS Sarah Collins and her colleague DC Steve Bradshaw are called to an incident at Portland Tower in south-east London, they are met by a terrible scene: on the ground at the bottom of the tower lie the bodies of long-serving police officer, PC Hadley Matthews, and a 15-year-old girl, Farah Mehenni. When she gets to the roof of the tower Sarah finds a five-year-old boy Ben, a rookie police officer, PC Lizzie Adama, and Lizzie’s boss, DI Kieran Shaw. Before Sarah can interview Lizzie about what exactly happened at the tower, Lizzie disappears.

The more Sarah and Steve investigate, the more they realise that key evidence is being withheld, and that their investigation is being subtly undermined. Despite this, step by dogged step, they uncover the incidents that led to the tragedy of the tower, and reveal the fiercely complex moral maze that trapped the characters in the past, and still traps them in the present.

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