ITV's New Psychological Thriller Cheat Airs Tonight And Promises To Have Viewers Gripped

Fans of psychological thrillers have been spoilt for choice with Dirty John and You both landing on Netflix recently and now, not to be outdone, ITV is about to air its very own binge-worthy offering Cheat, promising to keep viewers hooked right from the get go.


The four-parter, which kicks off tonight and will be shown over consecutive nights, tells the tale of university professor Dr Leah Dale (played by Katherine Kelly) who suspects student Rose Vaughan (Molly Windsor) of cheating. But as she digs a little deeper Leah and Rose are launched into a 'devastating sequence of events that threaten to engulf them both'. Sounds good, eh? But where's Turnitin when you need it?

According to a synopsis from ITV: "University lecturer Dr Leah Dale has always prided herself on her academic integrity so when final year student Rose, submits a suspiciously top-grade essay, Leah is quick to call her out.

"But there's more going on than meets the eye as Rose takes the challenge as a personal affront, and what begins as a seemingly open and shut case of academic deception soon spirals out of control."

ITV went on to say the new show will 'keep audiences guessing from the start'.

With director Louise Hooper revealing: "We wanted to make sure that it was cat and cat the whole time, not cat and mouse."

Heaping praise on the two main stars, she added: "It's two amazing actresses with amazing parts and we wanted to pit them against each other so it's like two boxers in a ring."

The new show promises to have viewers hooked right from the start. Credit: ITV
The new show promises to have viewers hooked right from the start. Credit: ITV

Cheat is set a fictional university in Cambridge during a long-hot summer.

"We wanted to not have a Scandi-noir or a dark noir," Louise explained. "What we wanted to do is have this hot, lovely summer.

"I like that idea of being slightly counter intuitive with the thriller, so it feels hot and hazy and there's lovely lazy days - but actually the underbelly of it is completely dark and dangerous, because of all the horrible emotions that are bubbling there."

Cheat will air on ITV from 9pm to 10pm from Monday 11 March to Thursday 14 March and will be available on the ITV Hub shortly after.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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