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Traces cast, plot and filming locations explained – all about the BBC1 crime drama

Forensic crime drama Traces is back for a second series in 2024.

Here’s everything you need to know about the show.

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BBC’s forensic crime drama traces is back for a new series[/caption]

Who is in the cast of Traces?

Molly Windsor

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Molly Windsor starred in TV movie The Unloved[/caption]

Molly first came into the public eye starring in TV movie The Unloved opposite Samantha Morton in 2010.

The talented actress won a Bafta for playing Holly Winshaw in Three Girls, a miniseries about the Rochdale grooming gang scandal.

She also starred as Rose alongside Katherine Kelly in TV drama Cheat.

Jennifer Spence

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Jennifer Spence is famous for her roles in Travelers and You Me Her[/caption]

Canadian actress Jennifer Spence is famous for her roles in Travelers and You Me Her.

She also starred in The Bletchley Circle spin-off as Olivia Mori.

Jennifer’s also known for her parts in Stargate Universe and Continuum.

Laura Fraser

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Laura Fraser is best known for her role in The Missing as Eve Stone[/caption]

 Laura Fraser is best known for her role in The Missing as Eve Stone.

She also starred in ITV detective drama The Loch.

Laura has appeared in a number of big films and TV shows, including Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, A Knight’s Tale and Lip Service.

Speaking ahead of the release of series two on the BBC, Laura told RadioTimes.com: “This wasn’t even 50/50 – it was actually predominantly female and I really appreciated it, it felt so comfortable.”

She added: “I would love to see more of that. It’d be great if the pendulums swings, and then balances out so it’s 50/50 – that would be incredible.”

Michael Nardone

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Michael Nardone might be best known to viewers as a policeman[/caption]

Michael has played police officers in a string of shows, including Line of Duty, The Field of Blood, Privates and Silent Witness.

He played Hugh Laurie’s henchman in hugely popular BBC drama The Night Manager.

In 2020, Michael starred in the TV thriller series Clique.

Martin Compston

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Compston is best known to fans as corruption cop DS Steve Arnott[/caption]

Martin is best known to fans as corruption cop DS Steve Arnott in Line of Duty.

The Scottish actor has also appeared in Mary Queen of Scots, Victoria and Ripper Street.

He also played wealthy Glaswegian mogul Dan in ITV drama The Nest.

Laurie Brett

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Laurie Brett is a British actress best known for her role as Jane Beale in EastEnders[/caption]

Laurie is a British actress best known for her role as Jane Beale in EastEnders.

She also played Christine Mulgrew in Waterloo Road.

Laurie starred in Channel 4 drama miniseries Deadwater Fell in 2020.

Speaking about her character in Traces, Laurie told Alibi: “Izzy was a party animal back in the day and had a lot of fun, but that has kind of caught up with her, I think she probably did a bit too much.

“She was a heroin addict and kind of lost everything, but then she’s a fighter, she got it back and she got her daughter back, but unfortunately her health is not the greatest.”

Morayo Akandé

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Akandé is known for featuring in short film 1745, a film about 18th century slavery[/caption]

Akandé is known for featuring in short film 1745, a film about 18th century slavery.

She also directed and starred in The Atkin Sisters.

John Gordon Sinclair

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Sinclair is best known for playing Gregory in 1980 movie Gregory’s Girl[/caption]

Sinclair is best known for playing Gregory in 1980 movie Gregory’s Girl.

He also starred in miniseries Ill Behaviour as Talbot.

Sinclair featured in 2017 TV movie Diana and I.

Joana Borja

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Borja has featured in the twelfth series of Doctor Who as Gabriela Camera[/caption]

Borja featured in the twelfth series of Doctor Who as Gabriela Camera.

She also featured in BBC drama Lusitana Paixão.

What is Traces about?

Series two of traces picks up four months after the conclusion of the first season.

Former lab assistant Emma Hedges (Molly Windsor) is now in training to become a forensic chemist.

She is on the verge of seeing her mother’s murder case resolved in the eyes of the law once and for all.

Daniel (Martin Compston) is due to provide evidence against his father in the High Court, but can Emma and Daniel’s relationship withstand the pressure and will justice be served? 

Meanwhile, Emma’s friends and mentors at The Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy are investigating a campaign of deadly bombings, with homemade devices exploding all over Dundee — with critical clues hidden inside the bombs themselves.

With pressure mounting and public expectation through the roof, forensic work is especially difficult because only fragments of the bombs survive each blast.

When body parts wash up in a nearby loch, professors Sarah Gordon (Laura Fraser) and Kathy Torrance (Jennifer Spence) need to get to the bottom of the mystery, even while their work is being questioned, leading to professional and personal allegiances becoming complicated.

But when a bomb fails to detonate it the forensic gift offers a glimmer of hope.

But can the team track down the bomber before their identity goes up in smoke for good?

Where was Traces filmed?

Although traces is set in the beautiful Scottish landscape in and around Dundee, most of the series was actually shot in Manchester.

Speaking about filming the show, Laura Fraser told RadioTimes.com: “I didn’t actually get to film in Scotland for this.

“It’s set in Dundee but they actually only shot for a week in Dundee. It was all Manchester.”

How can I watch Traces?

The first episode Traces series two airs on BBC One on Saturday March 30 2024.

The drama starts at 9.25pm, with the next five episodes being broadcast weekly at the same time on Saturday nights.

All episodes are available to watch on BBC iPlayer — including the whole of the first series.

Series two of Traces originally debuted on Alibi on February 15 2022.

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