Manhunt viewers left ‘scared to sleep’ after show opens with brutal attack

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MANHUNT viewers were left “scared to sleep” tonight after the show opened with a brutal attack by a night stalker on a pensioner.

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The ITV drama – which stars Martin Clunes in the lead role of DCI Colin Sutton – tells the grim real-life story of serial rapist and thief Delroy Grant.

The search for Martin Clunes begins with horror scenescredit: Rex

The evil criminal terrorized the elderly for 17 years, his first attack in the early 90s.


In the opening episodes of the show, the audience witnessed the chilling moment of the 1992 attack on him.

Although we didn’t see Grant’s face, we did see him lurking in the shadows, before entering an elderly woman’s house.

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Once inside the house he removed all the light bulbs, leaving his victim unable to turn on the lights and identify him.

A pensioner was brutally attacked in the opening scene

A pensioner was brutally attacked in the opening scenecredits: ITV
Victim's daughter found him in cupboard

Victim’s daughter found him in cupboardcredit: ITV
First we saw the blood-soaked sheets of the victim

First we saw the blood-soaked sheets of the victimcredit: ITV

After this we saw the victim’s daughter entering the house the next day and immediately learned that something had happened.

She called her mother but got no answer and went up the stairs.

Once inside his mother’s room he saw blood on the bed sheet.

The audience then heard groans coming from the cupboard and inside it was Grant’s victim—whom he had left covered in blood and terrified.

One fan said: “How am I going to sleep tonight! The search is terrible and it’s just started!”

While this one tweeted: “Omgo #manhunt brrrrr just sent shivering through me and it just started!”

DCI Sutton investigates night stalker on manhunt

DCI Sutton investigates night stalker on manhuntcredit: ITV

Another stunned fan commented: “I’m too scared to go to sleep, it’s my worst nightmare when someone is sleeping in my house!”

This viewer said: “These 4 nights are going to be serious.”

Later fans were equally disgusted when Grant’s victims recalled their horrific ordeal at the hands of such a sick man.

The Real Night Stalker - Delroy Grant is Britain's worst rapist

The Real Night Stalker – Delroy Grant is Britain’s worst rapistCredits: Peter Simpson –

Like the first season, Manhunt II: The Night Stalker follows a real-life story—this time focusing on Grant.

He committed several theft and sexual assault offenses in South East London between October 1992 and May 2008.

He hunted elderly women living alone, often attacking them in his bed at night.

  • The search operation continues tomorrow night at 9 pm on ITV.

Trailer for Manhunt II: The Night Stalker – Martin Clunes returns as DCI Colin Sutton in ITV’s true crime drama sequel

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