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ITV Manhunt viewers on edge as Martin Clunes drama explores real-life murders

Manhunt: The Night Stalker viewers were left petrified on Tuesday night as ITV aired the second episode of the true crime drama.

The series sees DCI Colin Sutton (Martin Clunes) try to uncover infamous criminal – the ‘Night Stalker’, a notorious London burglar and rapist, who terrorised the streets from 1992 to 2009.

Committing a a string of crimes over 17 years, the drama is based on the DCI’s real life diary on the case.

Delroy Grant, a serial burglar and rapist, left thousands of elderly people in south east London living in fear.

The first episode, which aired on Monday, showed the attacks committed by the Night Stalker all have similar hallmarks – light bulbs taken out to ensure darkness, entire panes of glass removed from windows, perhaps to disguise his crimes better.

He dressed entirely in black, wears a balaclava, and targets elderly victims, robbing and sexually assaulting them.

During the latest episode, the police team changed tactics in an attempt to catch the Night Stalker.

Viewers at home were left petrified as the investigation continued.

Taking to Twitter, one fan penned: "#manhuntthenightstalker is riveting. Excellent sat led by Martin Clunes. What an absolutely horrendous man the perpetrator was. I feel so much for his victims, old and very vulnerable people."

Another added: "This is so well dramatised but it’s harrowing stuff. That someone could prey on defenceless pensioners makes me sick to my stomach."

A third person posted: "Manhunt is so gripping. I'm on edge."

The team managed to capture CCTV from the scene of a recent attack but it frustratingly didn't give a clear image.

Even Detective Superintendent Simon Morgan, played by Matt Bardock, though initially reluctant to change the screening criteria for Minstead crimes, accepted the change of plan.

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Colin prepared a strategy for when he met with DCS Hamish Campbell, played by Guy Williams.

He suggested ‘Minstead Lite’ where they increased the variety of crimes they are investigating to cover all potential cases, but reduced what they are doing to investigate each of these crimes, as they had limited resources on the case.

Colin was surprised his plan is accepted so readily, and was even asked to become a Senior Investigating Officer by Simon Morgan.

Colin had dinner with his parents during the episode and but was left stressed as he released his mum and dad were exactly the Night Stalker’s prey.

DI Nathan Eason (Matthew Gravelle) later called Colin to confirm his fears and let him know that there have been four more reported attacks that night.

They met up with an 85 year old victim, who explained the Night Stalker had took his bank card.

The team missed the attacker by minutes and the older victim was too embarrassed to talk about being sexually assaulted by the evil criminal.

Colin decided to change tactics again by recruiting loads of undercover police officers to patrol the streets and wait for another inevitable attack from the Night Stalker.

Manhunt: The Night Stalker continued on ITV on Wednesday at 9pm

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