BBC and HBO tackle crucial Five Days in a gripping investigation
Taut crime thriller Five Days, a BBC drama production in association with HBO is coming to BBC One.
Written by Gwyneth Hughes (Cherished), Five Days is an intricate thriller which tracks five 24-hour periods following the abduction of a beautiful young mother, Leanne.
This five-part drama serial boasts an impressive ensemble cast which includes Nikki Amuka-Bird (The Canterbury Tales, Line Of Beauty), Hugh Bonneville (Daniel Deronda, Tsunami,The Aftermath, Iris), Charlie Creed-Miles (Charles II, King Arthur), Phil Davis (Bleak House, North Square), Patrick Malahide (Sahara, The Singing Detective), Academy Award-nominee Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds,) David Oyelowo (Spooks, Shoot The Messenger), Sarah Smart (At Home With The Braithwaites, Sparkhouse, Jane Hall), Penelope Wilton (The History Boys, Doctor Who, Wives And Daughters) and Edward Woodward (The Equaliser).
The story begins one hot summer day when Leanne (Christine Tremarco) sets out to take her two young children to visit her grandfather.
She stops to buy flowers at a lay-by but then inexplicably vanishes, leaving her two small children waiting for her in her car, lost and far from home.
They set off to find her, only to go missing themselves.
Their ordeal is captured on CCTV cameras and, before long, the family's heart-stopping trauma is not only a complex police investigation but also a major news story.
The action unfolds on days one, three, 28, 33 and 79.
As each episode unravels, it becomes clear that nobody is quite as they seem – not Leanne's grieving husband, Matthew (David Oyelowo), who finds himself under suspicion; not the laconic detective Barclay (Hugh Bonneville), or his cynical sergeant, Foster (Janet McTeer); not Leanne's parents, Barbara (Penelope Wilton) and John (Patrick Malahide); and not Sarah (Sarah Smart), a stranger who is drawn into both the investigation and the family.
Five Days is produced by Paul Rutman (The Virgin Queen). The serial is directed by Otto Bathurst (episodes 1, 2 and 3) and Simon Curtis (episodes 4 and 5).
Executive producers are Hilary Salmon and Simon Curtis for the BBC and Kary Antholis for HBO.