Professor T is a British adaptation of a Belgian crime series of the same name.
It airs on ITV at 9pm on Sunday July 19, following its exclusive streaming debut on Britbox earlier last month.
The lead character of the series is Professor Jasper Tempest, a Cambridge University criminologist with OCD played by Ben Miller.
Who is in the Professor T cast and where have seen them before?
You’ll be met with a host of familiar faces as the show goes on and you might find yourself wondering what they’ve been in before. To save you time googling we’ve put together a useful cast guide so you can sit back and enjoy the drama.
Ben Miller (Jasper Tempest)
Ben comfortably plays the show’s protagonist as he’s no stranger to a crime show. After making a name for himself in the comedy realm with the 2007 sketch show Armstrong and Miller, he returned to our screens as DI Richard Poole in popular BBC crime-comedy, Death in Paradise.
Originally a scientist by trade, Ben has also tackled sci-fi mysteries in Primeval on ITV. He more recently appeared as the haphazard gambler, Lord Featherington on Netflix’s Bridgerton.
Emma Naomi (Lisa Donckers)
Emma plays DI Lisa Donckers, the detective who initially enlists Professor T’s help at the start of the show. Although she’s a relative newbie in British TV her and Ben Miller have worked together before when she played Alice Mondrich in Bridgerton, the dutiful wife of Will Mondrich who runs the boxing gym.
Prior to that, Emma played Ann in The Trial of Christine Keeler, a BBC film dramatization of the story of a woman embroiled in a political sex scandal in 1960s Britain.
Douglas Reith (The Dean)
Douglas is cast as the Dean of Cambridge in professor T. Yet another stiff-upper lip role for the actor who is best known for playing Toby in An Englishman Abroad and Lord Merton in Downton Abbey.
The 67 year old has also recently cameoed in The Crown and comedic murder-mystery Agatha Raisin.
Frances de la Tour (Adelaide Tempest)
This Tony award-winning actress has a career spanning decades, having famously appeared as Miss Ruth in the 1970s sitcom Rising Damp. She now has a range of acting credits to her name, including a role as Madame Maxime in the Harry Potter Franchise and Martha in the 2010 TV adaptation of The Book of Eli.
She also plays the Giant alongside the likes of Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep in the 2014 fantasy musical series Into the Woods and popped up last year as the Dowager in Netflix film, Enola Holmes.
Juliet Aubrey (Christina Brand)
Also no stranger to the screen Juliet won the Best Actress BAFTA in 1995 for her role as Dorothea in the BBC period drama, Middlemarch. Since then, she’s appeared in several productions both here and across the pond, including Bryan Cranston’s crime thriller, The Infiltrator.
She was also Ben Miller’s co-star playing Helen Cutter in Primeval and she was Lily Hill alongside Rupert Grint, Lucien Laviscount and others in the US television version of Snatch.
The cast also features:
- Barney White as Dan Winters
- Sarah Woodward as Ingrid Snares
- Andy Gathergood as Paul Rabbit
- Martin Swabey as Martin Bentley
What is Professor T about?
Over six episodes, the pedantic professor-turned-detective works to unravel crimes in Cambridge and beyond, while simultaneously dealing with his domineering mother. In the first instalment, he reluctantly gets roped into a criminal investigation when student Diana Tyson (played by Lizzy Back) gets attacked on campus.
Tensions arise as it takes the team of investigating officers take a while to get used to the professor’s fastidious ways and penchant for day dreaming, and the professor takes even longer adapting from his job in lecture theatres to work in the field.