ITV shares update on series 4 of hit drama McDonald & Dodds

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30 Jun 2023, 12:33

Tala Gouveia and Jason Watkins

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With Bath-based detective drama McDonald & Dodds having been a hit over its previous three series, ITV has shared some exciting news about a fourth series. 

Fans will be thrilled to learn that filming has begun for the fourth series of the drama, with BAFTA award-winner Jason Watkins returning as Dodds, and Tala Gouveia back to play McDonald.

If you haven’t seen any of the first three seasons of McDonald & Dodds, the narrative throws together the two titular detectives, who have seemingly nothing in common. Despite their differences, the wildly ambitious DCI McDonald and the shy DS Dodds forge a friendship and effective partnership as they take on puzzling cases.

There will be three feature-length films in the series, the first of which will see the pair investigate when a middle-aged woman is found shot dead in a rented flat. The killer has removed all clues to her identity, but DNA reveals she went missing over 35 years ago. Where has she been all those years? And who with? 

Also returning to the cast for the new episodes will be Outnumbered’s Claire Skinner as Chief Superintendent Ormond, while EastEnders star Charlie Chambers plays DC Goldie. Meanwhile, Bhavik C. Pankhania (World On Fire) joins the line up as DC Lee. 

Guest stars will include singer/songwriter Pixie Lott, John Gordon Sinclair from Gregory’s Girl and Gentleman Jack’s Lydia Leonard. Also appearing will be Toby Stephens (Lost In Space), Daniel Lapaine (Catastrophe), Dipo Ola (Landscapers) and Ace Bhatti (Line of Duty).

When Jason Watkins spoke to The Chris Evans Breakfast Show about McDonald & Dodds back in 2021, he talked about his character’s iconic beige coat. “There were lots of nice comments about my mac which actually echoes the same colour as the Bath Stone, so a natural affinity,” he said.

He added: "Lots of nice things were said when we were filming and obviously it does highlight what a beautiful place it is.”

The previous three series of McDonald & Dodds are available to view on ITVX.