Production has officially begun on the highly anticipated fourth series of the renowned Bath-based detective drama, “McDonald & Dodds.” Starring the talented Tala Gouveia and BAFTA award-winner Jason Watkins, the series is set to captivate audiences once again with its intriguing mysteries.

Consisting of three feature-length films, each running for 120 minutes, the first story boasts an impressive guest cast. Joining the main stars are Toby Stephens from “Lost In Space,” singer/songwriter Pixie Lott from “The Voice Kids,” Lydia Leonard from “Gentleman Jack,” Daniel Lapaine from “Catastrophe,” Dipo Ola from “Landscapers,” John Gordon Sinclair from “Gregory’s Girl,” and Ace Bhatti from “Line of Duty.”

In this initial film, McDonald and Dodds delve into an investigation following the discovery of a middle-aged woman’s lifeless body in a rented apartment. The murderer has deliberately erased any traces of her identity, but DNA analysis reveals that she disappeared over 35 years ago. The burning questions arise: where has she been all these years, and with whom?

Returning to the series are Claire Skinner, known for her role in “Outnumbered,” portraying Chief Superintendent Ormond, and Charlie Chambers from “EastEnders,” reprising the role of DC Goldie. Additionally, Bhavik C. Pankhania from “World On Fire” joins the cast as DC Lee.

ITV has commissioned the series, with Polly Hill and Huw Kennair Jones at the helm. Production will be overseen by Joe Shrubb, while the executive producers include Robert Murphy, Damien Timmer, and Charlotte Webber. The script for the first film is written by Robert Murphy, with Khurrum M. Sultan taking on the directorial duties.

Expressing his excitement, Huw Kennair Jones said, “We’re thrilled to be returning to the beautiful city of Bath for more original and inventive crimes for McDonald and Dodds to solve. And it’s great to be working with Mammoth Screen, Robert Murphy, and Tala and Jason once again on what promises to be another brilliant series.”

“Mcdonald & Dodds” is produced by the esteemed Mammoth Screen, an independent production company, under the creative direction of Robert Murphy. The series has gained significant popularity, and viewers can catch up on the previous three series via streaming platforms ITVX in the UK and Britbox in North America and Australia. ITV Studios will handle international distribution of the gripping drama.

Mammoth Screen, recognised as one of the UK’s leading production companies, has an impressive repertoire of shows. Their notable productions include “The Rapture,” “Murder Is Easy,” “Grime Kids,” “World On Fire” (series one and two), “Noughts + Crosses” (series one and two), and “The Serpent” for the BBC. For ITV, they have produced “Code of Silence,” “The Tower” (series one and two), “Tom Jones,” “Endeavour” (series one to nine), and “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans.”

Mammoth Screen operates as an ITV Studios Company, further solidifying their presence in the industry.