Gabriel comes face to face with the prime suspect in the serial murders, but his deep personal connection to the case could risk jeopardising his career. As a dangerous game of cat and mouse ramps up to a shocking climax, Gabriel begins to lose control.
Meanwhile, Elaine is battling her own demons as she deals with a close bereavement, which draws her away from the case at the same time as other personal relationships within the team are pushed to breaking point. Gabriel's secret is further exposed, and the source of the exposure is revealed to be surprisingly close to home, but what is the darker secret lurking at the heart of his family?
As events spiral out of his control and Gabriel becomes increasingly more desperate, all signs point to a familiar face as the culprit, but will Gabriel manage to hold himself together for long enough to crack the case?.
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 2 Synopsis and Schedule