Too Close: Plot, trailer and everything you need to know about the ITV drama starring Emily Watson and Denise Gough

Find out all you need to know about ITV’s dark psychological thriller examining the relationship between a forensic psychiatrist and her patient.

By Becky Gamester-Newton Published: 12 April 2021 - 3.02pm
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Emily Watson

ITV Denise Gough and Emily Watson in Too Close

Too Close is the horrifying, disturbing and dark psychological drama that you didn’t know you needed.

Featuring brilliant performances from leading actors Emily Watson and Denise Gough that are bound to get you hooked, find out what the three-part series is all about.

What is Too Close about?

Too Close is a three-episode psychological series written by author Clara Salaman – based on her book of the same name, which she wrote under the name Natalie Daniels.

It focuses on the dangerous relationship between forensic psychiatrist Dr Emma Robertson and Connie Mortensen, a woman accused of a heinous crime but who claims she can’t remember anything.

The drama plays out over three episodes, and it quickly becomes apparent that Connie isn’t the only one whose life is beginning to unravel.

Too Close cast and characters

Dr Emma Robertson – Emily Watson

Emily Watson plays Dr Emma Robertson in Too Close ITV

Emma is a highly regarded forensic psychiatrist.

She is married to barrister Si, but their relationship lacks passion and they refuse to discuss a past trauma.

Emma comes across as quite cold as she finds it hard to let people see the emotional wreck beneath the surface – until she starts meeting Connie.

Where have you seen Emily Watson before?

Watson recently appeared on TV as Mrs Watson in Sky Atlantic's The Third Day, and in 2019 was nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe awards for her role as nuclear physicist Ulana Khomyuk in the mini-series Chernobyl. A long career on stage and screen includes Oscar nominations for Breaking the Waves and Hilary and Jackie and starring roles in Gosford Park, Angela's Ashes and Appropriate Adult.

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Connie Mortensen – Denise Gough

Denise Gough plays Connie Mortensen in Too Close ITV

Connie is in a psychiatric hospital as a result of being accused of a despicable crime. She’s lost almost everything including, she claims, her memory.

We discover more about Connie’s past, where she is revealed to be a fun-loving person.

Connie is married to Karl, but their relationship has waned since their two children, Annie and Josh, came along.

Where have you seen Denise Gough before?

Irish actress Gough will be more familiar to theatre-goers than television viewers, and has won two Laurence Olivier Awards for roles in People, Places and Things, and Angels in America, appearing in the West End and on Broadway in both productions. Her TV credits include Titanic: Blood and Steel, and Stella.

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Si Robertson - Risteárd Cooper

Risteárd Cooper plays Si Robertson in Too Close ITV

Si is a barrister, and is seen as a good, reliable man.

He tries to reach out to his wife as they struggle to deal with tragic events in their past, but his efforts are always rejected.

Where have you seen Risteárd Cooper before?

The versatile Cooper is best known in his native Ireland as one of the three stars of Après Match, a comedy show which has aired after Irish football matches on RTÉ for more than 20 years and pokes fun at players and pundits alike.  He will be known to UK viewers for playing ITV's Director of Programmes David Liddiment in the 2020 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire drama Quiz.

Karl Mortensen – Jamie Sives

Jamie Sives plays Karl Mortensen in Too Close ITV

Karl is Connie’s husband and is a natural charmer who needs to be loved by everyone. He comes across as charismatic and confident with others, but at home he’s immature and prone to self-pity.

The pair’s relationship has lost its passion over the years, and Karl is looking for something that will allow him to live life to the full.

Where have you seen Jamie Sives before?

Edinburgh-born Sives starred as Jake alongside Mark Bonnar in BBC Two's 2019 thriller Guilt and also appeared in BBC One drama The Victim. 

Vanessa ‘Ness’ Jones – Thalissa Teixeira

Thalissa Teixeira plays Vanessa Jones in Too Close ITV

Vanessa and Connie share a fun friendship and potentially more.

She’s married to Leah Worthington and they have a daughter, Polly Worthington-Jones, using sperm donated by Leah’s brother.

Where have you seen Thalissa Teixeira before?

Teixeira, who was born in Bradford but grew up in Brazil before returning to the UK at the age of eight, starred as Gemma in last year's BBC Two drama Trigonometry. 

Too Close trailer

ITV have released this official trailer for the series:

How to watch Too Close

Too Close begins at 9pm on Monday, April 12, airing on three consecutive evenings.

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