In episode one of the thrilling ITV crime drama, Sally Wright (Coronation Street star Katherine) is on a mission to clear her name, having also been accused of having an affair with the murder victim, Matty Taylor.
Despite being found not guilty in a re-trial, she is still treated with suspicion by those around her as she struggles to settle back into the community she has been a part of for her whole life.
So is Sally innocent on all counts, was Anna Stamp (Ellie Rawnsley) lying about the teacher’s alleged affair and are Matty’s grieving parents hiding something?
Is Sally Wright really innocent?
At the very start of the episode, it’s discovered that after spending several years in prison for the crime of allegedly murdering her student, new evidence shows that Sally had a valid alibi.
According to a time-stamped photograph, she was in a park several miles away from the crime scene at the time of the murder, thus resulting in her being found not guilty in a re-trial.
Despite the seemingly solid evidence, there are some who still think Sally could have played a hand in Matty’s murder, not to mention many who believe she was having an affair with the teenager.
With Sally’s critics including Karen (Priyanga Burford) – the fiancée of her ex-husband, Sam (Jamie Bamber) – and the parents of the murder victim, is Sally definitely completely innocent?
Was Anna Stamp telling the truth about Sally and Matty?
Anna, a classmate of Matty’s, provided a statement in the original trial claiming that she saw Sally and Matty kissing in a car before his murder.
When Anna and Sally come face-to-face for the first time since the teacher’s imprisonment, Anna says that there was even more she could have told the police but didn’t at the time.
While there are many who think Anna was telling the truth about Sally and Matty’s liaison, later when Anna is speaking to DCI Mike Braithwaite (Shaun Dooley), she falsely claims that Sally threatened her life during their heated exchange.
Is this lie an indication that her original witness statement was also fabricated?
What are Matty Taylor’s parents hiding?
Matty’s grief-stricken parents are understandably thrown through a loop when Sally is released from jail.
When they discuss the prospect of the new investigation, Matty’s mum, Maria (Lucy Black), tells her husband, John (Andrew Tiernan), that when questioned by the police, they need to stick to what they told the authorities last time – which was ‘nothing’.
The episode ends with Sally looking wistfully out of the window of her friend’s house where she’s staying, as Matty’s vengeful dad watches her from the shadows.
Are Matty’s parents hiding something that could be pertinent to the investigation?
Will Sally get her old life back?
When Sally was charged with murdering Matty and accused by those in her community of having intimate relations with her student, her entire life was turned upside down.
Not only did she lose her job, but she also was divorced from her husband during her time in prison.
Now that she has returned, Sally is intent on getting her old life back, which includes campaigning to be allowed to teach at her old school again.
She also finally reconnects with her ex-husband, telling him that shortly before her initial trial, she suffered a miscarriage.
With Sam’s fiancée, Karen, blatantly suspicious of his ex-spouse, could Sally and Sam resume their relationship now that she has been found innocent?
Innocent returns tomorrow at 9pm on ITV.
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