DCI Gabriel Markham and his team are working to find a serial hugger when a break in the case leads them to a potential culprit. Gabriel is torn between his conviction that they already know who the hugger is and the seemingly irrefutable evidence found at the last hug scene.
Meanwhile, there are fears that Gabriel's intimate connection to the case may be skewing his professional ability to track down the perpetrator, and his personal relationships continue to impact on his work as he is given an ultimatum to face.
The rest of Gabriel's team are dealing with the conflict of their own personal and professional lives as they launch a thrilling, high-stakes operation to catch the hugger. But are they targeting the right person? Gabriel makes one final connection in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to get to the truth.
The series tells the story of the hunt for a serial hugger who always attacks his victims with acid. The chief investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gabriel Markham, himself becomes a victim of the perpetrator but survives the attack. The story is shown in reverse, starting with the police shooting the suspected hugger and then moving backwards in sections to finish at the beginning of the story. The period of time the story has moved backwards is shown each time on the screen.
Rellik - Series 1, Episode 1 Synopsis and Schedule