Will there be a Traces season 3? What we know so far about more episodes of Martin Compston TV series on Alibi

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British crime drama Traces returned for a second season last month

Fans of TV series Traces starring Martin Compston, have followed the three female protagonists for the past five weeks as they carefully analyse the evidence to find the culprit behind a bombing campaign.

The sixth and final episode of Traces season two was on Alibi on Tuesday 22 March at 9pm.

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Here is everything you need to know about the drama, and where you can watch previous episodes and seasons of Traces.

Traces is a Dundee-set crime drama (Photo: BBC)Traces is a Dundee-set crime drama (Photo: BBC)
Traces is a Dundee-set crime drama (Photo: BBC)

Who is in the cast of Traces?

Molly Windsor plays lab technician Emma Hedges, who moved back to Dundee for a new job, and is searching for answers about her mother’s murder.

Windsor is known for her roles in The Unloved and Three Girls, and won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress in 2018.

Professor Sarah Gordon ( Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser) and Professor Kathy Torrence (Jennifer Spence) are Emma’s colleagues.

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Michael Nardone plays Detective Inspector Neil McKinven, a friend of Professor Gordon.

Martin Compston plays Emma’s love interest, Daniel MacAfee.

Compston is best known as Anti-Corruption Unit Detective Inspector Steve Arnott in the BBC drama Line of Duty.

Daniel’s father, Phil MacAfee, is played by Vincent Regan.

The cast of Traces Season 2 (Credit: Alibi)The cast of Traces Season 2 (Credit: Alibi)
The cast of Traces Season 2 (Credit: Alibi)

What is Traces about?

Co-created and written by crime novelist Val McDermid and actress and screenwriter Amelia Bullmore, Traces follows three female forensic professionals as lab assistant Emma Hedgesis training to be a forensic chemist alongside Professor Sarah Gordon and Professor Kathy Torrance.

In season one, the women work together in Dundee to uncover the truth of a murder case and bring a killer to justice.

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Season two sees the forensics investigators reunite to begin carefully analysing traces of evidence to help get to the bottom of who’s behind a series of bombings in the Scottish city.

Where can I watch seasons one and two of Traces?

Traces season one first aired on Alibi in December 2019. It was later shown on BBC One.

Season one was on BBC iPlayer at the beginning of 2021, but is no longer available to watch on the catch-up platform.

However, you can binge all six episodes of season one on Amazon Prime and Sky Go.

Season two of Traces began weekly on Alibi on 15 February.

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It is available to watch and download on Sky Go - including tonight’s final episode.

Following season one, it’s hoped that the second season of the crime drama will later run on BBC One and launch on iPlayer, however the show’s producers have not confirmed when this will be.

Will there be a season three of Traces?

There has been no official announcement about a season three of Traces yet.

However, a third season may get the green light based on mainly positive reviews of the current second season and television ratings.

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