The Tower: Gemma Whelan stars in ITV adaptation of Kate London’s first novel

Killing Eve, Game of Thrones and Upstart Crow star Whelan brings detective Sarah Collins to life in a three-part drama based on London’s first Metropolitan story, Post Mortem.

By Katie Archer Published: 7 September 2021 - 5.55pm
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Detective drama is a mainstay of ITV and this autumn, they’ve managed to offer viewers something fresh and exciting once again with The Tower.

The three-part series is adapted from Kate London’s novel Post Mortem, the first in her Metropolitan series, and features DS Sarah Collins who will be known and loved by London’s readers.

Here’s everything you need to know about the forthcoming drama, including who stars in it and when it’s on TV.

What is The Tower about?

Kate London Roberto Ricciuti/Getty

Fans of author Kate London, above, will know The Tower better as Post Mortem, the title of the first novel in her Metropolitan series.

No-one writes authentic detective dramas quite like London because she is a former Metropolitan Police Officer who, by the end of her career, worked on a Major Investigation Team on the Homicide and Serious Crime Command.

She has said how the people she met and the things she saw in the police inspired her to write almost as soon as she had first donned the uniform.

“Within a matter of weeks [of joining the police] I was writing - not for publication, but because I just had to get down on paper the world I encountered: its complexity, laughter, loyalty, the moral conflicts and the dangers that were not only physical," she said.

“Policing showed me London in a way no other job could. The product of this experience was my first novel, Post Mortem.”

Gemma Whelan Tolga Akmen/Getty

The series opens on a veteran beat cop and a teenage girl falling to their deaths from the roof of a tower block in south east London.

Left behind on the roof and still alive are a five-year-old boy and rookie police officer Lizzie Griffiths - but within hours, Lizzie has disappeared.

DS Sarah Collins (played in The Tower by Gemma Whelan, above) leads the investigation into what took place on the roof and why two of the group died while the other two survived, but she must also track down Lizzie and bring her to safety to find out why they were up there in the first place.

When the truth is finally revealed, it will cast a shadow over Sarah and Lizzie’s lives as well as their working relationship.

Post Mortem has been adapted by screenwriter and producer Patrick Harbinson who is known for his work on Homeland, 24 and ER.

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Who stars in The Tower?

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DS Sarah Collins will be played by Gemma Whelan, best known for playing Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones and who has also featured in White House Farm, Gentleman Jack, Upstart Crow and Killing Eve.

Lizzie Griffiths is played by Tahirah Sharif (The Haunting of Bly Manor, Waterloo Road) and Emmett J Scanlan (The Fall, Hollyoaks, Safe), above, will play police inspector Kieran Shaw.

Jimmy Akingbola (Holby City, Cheat) plays DC Steve Bradshaw, Nick Holder is PC Hadley Matthews, and Lola Elsokari is Farah.

When is The Tower on TV?

You can watch the three-part series when it airs on ITV this autumn as one of the broadcaster’s new season highlights.

Keep checking back for an air date.