A FORMER St Helens schoolboy has been hitting TV screens in a hit ITV true crime series The Long Shadow.

Former De La Salle pupil Adam Long has been starring in the show, which dramatises the hunt for the serial killer Peter Sutcliffe aka the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’.

The Long Shadow is a seven-part drama series, written by George Kay and directed by Lewis Arnold.

The series, being shown on ITV each Monday evening, details the five-year manhunt for the notorious serial killer Peter Sutcliffe. The series began airing on ITV1 on September 25, with the final episode to be screened tonight, November 6.

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Adam has portrayed the character of Detective Constable Andrew Laptew in the series, which also has David Morrissey, Toby Jones and John Henshaw among its cast.

The 32-year-old is no stranger to the TV screen, having played Lewis Whippey in Happy Valley. He has also starred in other shows including Strike, Vera, The Thirteenth Tale and Waterloo Road.

He has also appeared on the big screen, having portrayed Sub-Lieutenant Jeffries in 2017 film Dunkirk.

He has also appeared in films including Peterloo and Spike Island.