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Viewpoint: Everything you need to know about the ITV drama
Noel Clarke stars as a surveillance officer in a tense and claustrophobic new thriller that explores whether we can ever observe others objectively.
ITV pulled the final episode of surveillance drama Viewpoint from its schedules following allegations of sexual harassment against the programme's star, Noel Clarke, in The Guardian newspaper.
The final episode of the five-part series was due to air at 9pm on Friday April 30 but instead was only available for a limited time on the ITV Hub on-demand service.
In a statement, ITV explained its decision:
"ITV has a zero tolerance policy to bullying, harassment and victimisation and robust procedures in place to investigate and deal with any complaints. We strongly believe that everyone deserves to work in a supportive and safe environment.
"In light of the very serious nature of the allegations against Noel Clarke raised by 20 women in the Guardian’s report, ITV has decided it is no longer appropriate to broadcast the final episode of the drama Viewpoint on ITV main channel this evening.
“We are mindful that some of our viewers have already invested four hours of their time over the past four nights in following this thriller which was due to conclude this evening, and they have yet to see the final episode. As such we plan to make it available on ITV Hub tonight for a limited time for any viewers who wish to seek it out, and watch its conclusion.”
All five episodes of Viewpoint have now been removed from the ITV Hub.
What is Viewpoint about, and how many episodes are there?
Viewpoint is a five-part drama about a tense police surveillance investigation into a Manchester community following the disappearance of primary school teacher Gemma Hillman.
DC Martin Young keeps watch on the community from the home of Zoe Sterling, whose window commands a panoramic view of Westbury Square – and he has a great view of Gemma’s home, which she shares with boyfriend and prime suspect Greg Sullivan.
ITV describes the show as “a contemporary, character-driven mystery with a seductively intimate feel” that’s “as much about friendship, trust and community as it is about solving a crime”.
Tiger Aspect Productions' head of drama and executive producer Lucy Bedford said the show is “a compelling, tense, claustrophobic thriller that turns the spotlight on the observer rather than the observed”.
Where is Viewpoint filmed?
Viewpoint was the first ITV drama to begin filming after all UK TV production went into lockdown in the spring of 2020.
Filming took place in Manchester's Northern Quarter, Space Studios in Manchester and various other locations across the city.
The unsual filming techniques used give the viewer the sense that they are watching the drama unravel through a window.
Viewpoint cast and characters
DC Martin Young – Noel Clarke
Martin is a Manchester surveillance officer sidelined from CID two years ago after a mistake that nearly killed his partner, Hayley. He sets up his observation post in the home of single mum Zoe, who helps Martin come back to life.
Noel Clarke on Martin Young
“It’s a character that resonated with me because he had the trauma and then afterwards he was so considered and so still. If you know me, I’m the least still person you’ll ever meet!
“Just meeting Zoe, she’s like a whirlwind to him and just intrigued him in a way that used to be - a bit more free when he used to work with Hayley before. I think that just intrigues him and pulls him in. It kind of pulls him back out of his shell.”
Where have you seen Noel Clarke before?
Bulletproof, Kidulthood, Doctor Who
Zoe Sterling – Alexandra Roach
Zoe is a single mother to 10-year-old Caitlin and is a secret voyeur. She’s also a friend to Gemma, who goes missing in the first episode and sparks the investigation. On a ‘break’ from boyfriend Tim, she becomes more attached to Martin – but she struggles to keep hold of her daughter.
Alexandra Roach on Zoe Sterling
“Zoe’s been waiting for something like this, an exciting chapter in her life, to happen for years.
“When [Martin] turns up with his kit… she feels alive again.
“She’s flawed and she’s messy and that really contradicted what energy he brings into her flat.”
Where have you seen Alexandra Roach before?
Utopia, Killing Eve, Black Mirror
Greg Sullivan – Fehinti Balogun
Greg is the boyfriend of Gemma, who goes missing. He instantly becomes the prime suspect over her disappearance and while the community turns against him, he is tormented by her loss.
Fehinti Balogun on Greg Sullivan
“In no point in the show, I don’t think, does he have like a confidante.
“When [he comes] out into the world, for Greg it’s either ‘OK I can challenge this thing’ or I just have to deal with it. And he makes a choice to… not even deal with it, just let it happen. I think he finds it incredibly difficult.”
Where have you seen Fehinti Balogun before?
I May Destroy You, Informer
Carl Tuckman – Dominic Allburn
Who is Carl?
Carl is Kate’s husband – but he has a wandering eye. He came to the UK from Poland as a builder, and his career skyrocketed when he joined the family business of Kate’s father Bill, who’s a property mogul.
Where have you seen Dominic Allburn before?
Between Two Worlds, A Place To Call Home
Kate Tuckman – Catherine Tyldesley
Kate is a social media influencer and the beating heart of her social circle. However, despite the glossy facade she is tormented by jealousy and secrets of her past.
Catherine Tyldesley on Kate Tuckman
“She is so in love with Carl – she will do anything to keep hold of Carl and that is her life’s sole objective is to keep hold of this man that she is not just in love with, obsessed with.
"They have a wonderful relationship but she is fully aware that Carl has his infidelities. That is tearing her up inside especially when she tries to create this perfect world for her and her family.
“She’s a brilliant mum. Her childhood was very rocky and abusive you - her father was a drunk. She had a really bad time growing up but for her to be a good mum and a good wife is everything, to create this family unit, is what she truly wants from life.
Where have you seen Catherine Tyldesley before?
Coronation Street (playing Eva Price), Scarborough, Lilies
DC Stella Beckett – Bronagh Waugh
On one hand, Stella can be lazy – but on the other she has razor-sharp instincts and strong decision-making skills. Stella is very fond of Martin, perhaps more than he realises.
Bronagh Waugh on Stella Beckett
“Stella is messy and fiery and feisty and rough round the edges. She cuts corners with her job sometimes. She’s not perfect.
“I love… how that mixes with Martin being a bit more sensitive. They’re very yin and yang, but that’s what complements each other.”
Where have you seen Bronagh Waugh before?
The Fall, Hollyoaks, Unforgotten
DCI Jill Conroy – Sarah Niles
Jill is the senior investigating officer of Gemma’s disappearance. As Martin’s ex-boss, she understands what he’s been through and takes him seriously – though doesn’t always agree with his observations on the case.
Sarah Niles on Jill Conroy
“She knows that time is of the essence. A woman is missing and the longer you leave it, the harder it gets to find where she is and who’s responsible for that.
“I think she does somehow have a little slight soft spot for Martin because they’ve got history and they were part of a unit together - but she doesn’t want to mess it up.”
Where have you seen Sarah Niles before?
I May Destroy You, Catastrophe, Rocks
DI Liam Cox – Phil Davis
Liam is head of Manchester’s specialist surveillance unit and Stella’s boss. In Martin, he saw a quietly passionate cop who deserved a second chance, and has become a father figure to him.
Phil Davis on Liam Cox
“Liam Cox keeps a fatherly eye on [Martin].
“He likes Martin and he feels for him and he knows he’s wounded.”
Where have you seen Phil Davis before?
Vera Drake, Bleak House, Poldark, Whitechapel
DC Hayley Jones – Shannon Murray
Hayley is Martin’s former partner in the CID. She’s honest, resilient, and juggles raising two young daughters with her job.
She’s in a wheelchair after sustaining a spinal injury at work, which Martin blames himself for.
Shannon Murray on Hayley Jones
“[Hayley and Martin] have gone through this shared trauma a couple of years earlier and they haven’t been in any contact since. Where you have a situation with no communication, you’ve got two people who are just thinking what the other person is thinking and it’s just a big old mess.
“When Martin walks back into the office, back into CID, obviously Hayley is very, very uncomfortable with it but not for the reasons Martin thinks, as we later find out.”
Where have you seen Shannon Murray before?
Finding Alice, Get Even, Class
DC Roly Dalton – Marcus Garvey
Roly is Martin’s contact at the CID and is responsible for sharing updates from their end and relaying Marcus’s findings. He is also the family liaison officer for Gemma’s boyfriend Greg, but he’s also tasked with finding anything out about him.
Where have you seen Marcus Garvey before?
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, Last Tango In Halifax, Broadchurch
Gemma Hillman – Amy Wren
Gemma's disappearance in episode one sparks the investigation that leads to Martin setting up his surveillance post.
She suffered tragedy when both her parents died in a car accident when she was 20. She’s a well-loved primary school teacher who goes above and beyond for parents and pupils alike.
Where have you seen Amy Wren before?
Silk, The Last Kingdom, Tutankhamun
Pavel Ludic – Hubert Hanowicz
Pavel is Carl’s childhood best friend and works closely with him in the Tuckman family business. Pavel is also the brother of Anna, Carl’s childhood sweetheart and wife who went missing 10 years ago.
Where have you seen Hubert Hanowicz before?
This is Hubert’s first role in an English-language show.
Tim Harris – Andrew Hawley
Tim is Zoe’s ex and father to Caitlin. His work as a DJ takes him away a lot, meaning he’s not around that much for Caitlin.
Where have you seen Andrew Hawley before?
Janice Baines – Karen Henthorn
Janice is a housekeeper for Kate and Carl. She was also right-hand woman to Kate’s dad Bill, and served as a mother figure to Kate, who lost her mum at a young age.
Where have you seen Karen Henthorn before?
Coronation Street, White Heat, The Trouble With Maggie Cole
Fiona Baker – Erin Shanagher
Fiona is a lawyer and in the group of school gate mums that are friends with Kate. She doesn’t always see eye to eye with Zoe, who she looks down on.
Where have you seen Erin Shanagher before?
The Bay, The A Word, The Moorside
Donald ‘Don’ Vernon – Ian Puleston-Davies
Don is an ex-DI with an axe to grind with Carl. He highlights the past to Martin to help shed new light on the case.
Where have you seen Ian Puleston-Davies before?
Coronation Street (as Owen Armstrong), Tin Star, Marcella
Caitlin Sterling – Kila Lord Cassidy
Caitlin is shy and curious, and feels different from other kids at school. She has a close relationship with her mum Zoe but feels the absence of her dad Tim. She is left devastated by the disappearance of her teacher Gemma and latches on to Martin as the missing male role model in her life.
Where have you seen Kila Lord Cassidy before?