Irvine Welsh’s Crime season 2 release date and time — how to watch online

Watch Irvine Welsh's Crime season 2 for more action from DI Ray Lennox and his team (pictured)
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Adapted by the author from his own novel, Irvine Welsh’s Crime debuted to acclaim in 2021. It’s finally back with a second season, with DI Ray Lennox (Dougray Scott) returning to work clean and ready to solve a troubling new case.

Want to follow Lennox and his team? Read on and we'll show you how to watch Irvine Welsh’s Crime season 2 from anywhere with a VPN, potentially for FREE.

Stream Irvine Welsh’s Crime season 2 online – TV schedule, dates

Crime season 2 debuts on ITVX, ITV’s on-demand streaming service, from Thursday, September 21.
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Dark, raw, and at times grimly funny, Crime bagged lead star Dougray Scott an International Emmy Award for his portrayal of the emotionally fragile detective, an “avenging angel” grappling with addiction and personal trauma, and determined to root out Edinburgh’s abusive low-lives.

Season one followed DI Ray Lennox and DS Amanda Drummond (Joanna Vanderham) as they investigated a killer dubbed Mr Confectioner and his connection to 13-year-old Britney Hamil's disappearance. This season finds Lennox on the trail of the perpetrator of an attack on a colleague and its link to a gruesome attempted murder on a high-ranking establishment figure.

Irvine Welsh describes the show's sophomore season as “much stronger than the first”, exploring the "story arcs and personal adventures" of a wider range of characters. Such vividly drawn individuals include new staff member DI Tommy Stark (David Elliot), a "narcissistic misogynist", and Lauren Fairchild (Rebecca Root), a criminology professor from Lennox's past.

Read our guide below for how to watch Irvine Welsh’s Crime season 2 online and FREE from anywhere in the world.

How to watch Irvine Welsh’s Crime season 2 online FREE

Crime season 2 will debut via on-demand platform ITVX from Thursday, September 21. It’s free to watch and, like the show's first season, is comprised of six episodes in total.

Not in the U.K. right now? Don't worry — you can watch from anywhere with one of the best VPN services such as ExpressVPN. Read on and we'll explain how to watch Irvine Welsh’s Crime season 2 online using a VPN.

How to watch Irvine Welsh’s Crime season 2 with a VPN

A VPN, or virtual private network, makes it look as if you're surfing the web from your home country, rather than the country you're in. That means you can access the streaming services you normally watch, even when you're travelling or don't live in the service's "home" country to begin with.

We've tested plenty of the best VPN services and our favorite right now is ExpressVPN. It's fast, works on loads of devices and even offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.


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Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to ITVX or another service and watch the show.

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How to watch Irvine Welsh’s Crime season 2 online in the U.S.

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No U.S. release date has been announced yet unfortunately. However, in better news, Crime season 1 has been picked up once again by BritBox, so viewers can expect to see Crime season 2 added to the streaming service in the coming months.

If you're a Brit currently abroad currently in the U.S., you can still connect to ITVX and stream the latest season of Irvine Welsh’s Crime today. Simply download a VPN such as ExpressVPN to access your usual streaming services from anywhere.

How to watch Irvine Welsh’s Crime season 2 online in the U.K.

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U.K. fans of the returning crime drama can watch season 2 of Irvine Welsh’s Crime on ITVX, ITV’s free on-demand service. The new season arrives on Thursday, September 21. Episodes will also be broadcast live on ITV at some point in the near future.

If you're not in the U.K. but have a valid U.K. TV license, you can still watch Irvine Welsh’s Crime season 2 by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.

How to watch Irvine Welsh’s Crime season 2 online in Canada

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There’s no release date in yet in the Great White North for season 2 of Irvine Welsh’s Crime. However, we do know that BritBox has acquired the second season for streaming in Canada and beyond, so we’d expect episodes to arrive in the coming months. Keep an eye on this space for any new information.

Traveling out of the country? You might want to take the opportunity to download a VPN service, such as ExpressVPN, so that you can log into the same services you’d enjoy back home.

How to watch Irvine Welsh’s Crime season 2 online in Australia

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No release date has been announced yet for Crime season 2 in Australia. But when it does arrive, it will be available via popular anglophile streaming service BritBox. A subscription is AU$8.99 a month after your free trial, and you can stream the whole of season 1 here now.

Irvine Welsh’s Crime season 2 cast

Emmy-winner Dougray Scott is back as the troubled DI Ray Lennox, reuniting with Joanna Vanderham's newly promoted DI Amanda Drummond to investigate a disturbing new case.

See below for the Crime season 2 cast list:

  • Dougray Scott as DI Ray Lennox
  • Joanna Vanderham as DI Amanda Drummond
  • Ken Stott as Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Toal
  • Sarah McCardie as DS Gillian Glover
  • Gabriel Scott as Fraser Ross
  • Angela Griffin as Trudi Love
  • Rebecca Root as Lauren Fairchild
  • John Simm as Gareth Horsborough
  • Derek Riddell as Richie Gulliver
  • David Elliot as DI Tommy Stark
  • Laura Fraser as Sally Hart

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Daniel Pateman

Daniel Pateman has been a freelance writer since 2018. He currently works across a range of brands including TechRadar, T3, GamesRadar, What Hi-Fi? and CinemaBlend, where he regularly pens How To Watch articles about where our readers can stream the latest new movies and TV shows, as well as producing detailed guides on the best streaming services, from Disney Plus to Netflix. He received a first-class degree in Humanities and Media in 2013 from Birkbeck University and later an MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture. In addition to his work for Future's websites, Daniel writes across the broad spectrum of arts topics – including photography, sculpture, painting, film – and has been published in The Brooklyn Rail and Eyeline magazine, among others.