Paranoid (TV series)

Genre Thriller
Written by Bill Gallagher
Directed by Mark Tonderai
Kenny Glennan
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 8 (list of episodes)
Producer(s) Bill Gallagher
Nicola Shindler
Tom Sherry
Running time 60 minutes (including advertisements)
Production company(s) Red Production Company
Distributor StudioCanal
Original network ITV (UK)
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 22 September 2016 (2016-09-22) – present

Paranoid is a British-German crime drama which began broadcasting on ITV on 22 September 2016. The eight-part series focuses on a group of detectives working for the fictional Woodmere police who are attempting to solve the murder of a doctor who is stabbed in a children's playground. During the course of their investigation, they discover that her murder has links to a pharmaceutical company based in Germany and enlist the help of the German Bundespolizei to find the killer.[1] Indira Varma, Robert Glenister and Dino Fetscher star as main protagonists DS Nina Suresh, DC Bobby Day and DC Alec Wayfield, respectively. The series began streaming internationally on Netflix in 2016.[2]


Angela Benton, a well-liked local GP in the fictional town of Woodmere, is stabbed to death in a local playground. A team of detectives from Woodmere Police are assigned to investigate the case. They consist of DS Nina Suresh (Indira Varma), DC Bobby Day (Robert Glenister), DC Alec Wayfield (Dino Fetscher) and their supervising officer, DI Michael Niles (Neil Stuke). They initially suspect the murderer to be a local mental patient, Jacob Appley, who is under the case of psychiatrist Dr Chris Crowley (Michael Maloney). When Appley is later found dead, his brother, Henry (William Ash), becomes convinced that Jacob was not responsible for the murder, and has been framed by a party or parties unknown.[3]

Meanwhile, an unidentified man (Kevin Doyle), dubbed "The Ghost Detective", is sending the team information and clues to evidence which could identify Angela's killer. As the investigation continues, the team discover Angela's death could be linked to her ex-boyfriend, Ruben Lukana. The team enlist the help of Dusseldorf Polizei detective Linda Felber (Christiane Paul) to look into Ruben. When he is found dead face down in his swimming pool, Felber and her partner, Walti Merian (Dominik Tiefenthaler), begin an investigation. A suspect for the murders is identified, but when he evades capture and flees back to Germany, DI Michael Niles (Neil Stuke) arranges for Bobby to travel to Dusseldorf to assist with the German end of the investigation.[4]


Recurring characters


Series 1 (2016)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
1"Episode 1"Mark TonderaiBill Gallagher22 September 2016 (2016-09-22)6.38
A local GP, Angela Benton, is stabbed to death in a local playground. Woodmere Police detectives Nina Suresh, Bobby Day and Alec Wayfield are assigned to investigate the case. They soon discover, however, that the murder is much more than an open and shut case.
2"Episode 2"Mark TonderaiBill Gallagher29 September 2016 (2016-09-29)4.82
Angela's murder is linked to the death of her former lover, Ruben Lukana. Meanwhile, Alec and Bobby decide to mount a covert investigation of their own – but when they are lured into a trap set by their prime suspect, Alec's life is left hanging in the balance.
3"Episode 3"Mark TonderaiBill Gallagher6 October 2016 (2016-10-06)4.58
Linda suspects that Ruben Lukana's death was no accident, and that he was in fact murdered. Recovering in hospital, Alec receives a surprise visit from the Ghost Detective. Meanwhile, the search for the missing pages belonging to Angela Benton takes a shocking turn.
4"Episode 4"Mark TonderaiBill Gallagher13 October 2016 (2016-10-13)4.41
Bobby is dispatched to Dusseldorf to help link the two cases together. Meanwhile, Niles' interference leads the Ghost Detective to go underground, but Nina and Alec's dogged pursuit to discover his identity leads Nina right into the path of the killer.
5"Episode 5"Kenny GleenanBill Gallagher20 October 2016 (2016-10-20)4.35
With the Ghost Detective's identity unmasked, the team set about finding out who tried to silence him. In Dusseldorf, Bobby and Linda's investigation takes them to Rustin Wade, a pharmaceutical company linked to Ruben Lukana, but someone soon takes a dislike to their digging.
6"Episode 6"Kenny GleenanBill Gallagher27 October 2016 (2016-10-27)4.14
Having discovered Lukana was linked to a secret drugs trial known as "Mainline", the pressure on Bobby to unmask the killer is made ever greater by taunts from Rustin Wade executive Nick Waingrow. When Lucy is forced to reveal her secret past, the revelations finally tip Bobby over the edge.
7"Episode 7"John DuthieBill Gallagher3 November 2016 (2016-11-03)3.75
The team finally secure evidence against Dr Crowley, but Henry Appley isn't convinced of his guilt, until he discovers a hidden mobile phone. Bobby is dispatched back to England, while Waingrow continues to feel the pressure when he finds bugging devices in his house and car.
8"Episode 8"John DuthieBill Gallagher10 November 2016 (2016-11-10)4.00
Henry Appley takes Dr Crowley hostage and demands that he reveal who killed his brother. Bobby decides to stop taking his medication, which leads him into an unexpected showdown with the killer. The net closes on Nick Waingrow, and Nina and Alec finally accept their feelings for one another.


  1. 1 2 3 "Netflix signs on to Red's ITV thriller Paranoid". 2016-08-04. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tartaglione, Nancy (2016-08-04). "Netflix Gets 'Paranoid'; Boards ITV Conspiracy Thriller As Co-Producer". Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  3. "Paranoid: a dark, conspiracy drama filled with crime clichés: review". Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. "ITV Media – Paranoid". Retrieved 22 November 2016.

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