The Sister on ITV: When does the chilling murder drama start? Who is in the cast? Where is it filmed? All you need to know

Russell Tovey, Simon Ashley and Bertie Carvel star in this suspenseful four-part series with a mix of murder, ghosts and terrible secrets, coming to ITV in autumn 2020.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 16 September 2020 - 11.07am
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Russell Tovey


The Sister is going to be one of the must-watch dramas of the autumn with its mix of murder, ghosts and terrible secrets.

Starring Russell Tovey (Years and Years, Flesh and Blood) and written by Luther creator Neil Cross, The Sister looks perfectly timed for cosy evening viewing as the nights draw in this autumn.

Here is everything we know so far about the chilling new ITV series…

When is The Sister coming to ITV?

ITV has announced The Sister will be part of its 2020 autumn schedule.

The series will begin in October on ITV and the ITV Hub.

First look trailer

What is The Sister about?

Russell Tovey in ITV thriller The Sister ITV
Russell Tovey in ITV thriller The Sister

Russell Tovey stars as well-meaning but directionless Nathan, a man with a terrible secret he’s prayed would stay buried and for which he’s worked hard to make recompense.

Years into his new and devoted married life, Nathan is rocked to the core when Bob, an unwelcome face from his past played by Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster, Baghdad Central), turns up on his doorstep with shocking news.

His arrival triggers a series of catastrophic decisions which drive a tense and compelling narrative of psychological suspense, dread, love and possible redemption.

Russell Tovey said: “The Sister is going to challenge me as an actor more than I’ve ever been challenged before.

“As a web of lies, that he thought was dead and buried, comes back to haunt Nathan, he sinks deeper and deeper into the horror of the event that happened ten years ago.”

Neil Cross said: "Nathan, Bob and Holly have been with me for many years. I couldn’t be more excited to see them brought to life by Russell Tovey, Bertie Carvel and Amrita Acharia."

The Luther writer added:  “Our job is to make viewers want to sleep with the lights on. We’re looking forward to it.”

Bertie Carvel in The Sister ITV
Bertie Carvel in The Sister

Alongside Russell Tovey and Bertie Carvel, the series cast also includes:

  • Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones) as Holly
  • Nina Toussaint White (GameFace) as Jackie
  • Paul Bazely (Benidorm) as Graham
  • Simone Ashley (Sex Education) as Elise
  • Amanda Root (Unforgotten) as June

The series is directed by Niall MacCormick, who previously worked on The Victim, The Durrells and Doctor Thorne.


Watch The Sister if you liked…

Luther, Marchlands, The Secret of Crickley Hall, The Enfield Haunting, Requiem.


The Sister comes to ITV this autumn.