Gold Digger: The new BBC drama everyone is talking about

We’re in peak TV season at the moment, so you’ll be forgiven for cancelling all social plans for a cosy night in front of the telly instead – especially as you’d be in great company thanks to all the incredible shows that have already been released this autumn.

Gold Digger
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From the launch of new streaming services like BritBox and Apple TV, which has brought us the brilliant The Morning Show starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, to the BBC drama that has already become the talk of the town despite having only premiered on the channel last night: Gold Digger.

The six-part drama, which first aired on BBC One on Tuesday 12 November, stars Emmy winner Julia Ormond as protagonist Julia Day, a wealthy woman who finds herself completely alone on her 60th birthday, having recently split from her long-term husband (after he cheated with her best friend) and been cancelled on by all three of her children.

She acts alongside The Punisher‘s Ben Barnes, who plays a Benjamin, a young man in his 30s who Julia falls for after the pair meet at a museum. They embark on a romance but as the plot evolves, Benjamin’s insincere intentions are brought to light.

Gold Digger
BBC

Writer Marnie Dickens said of the drama: ‘Gold Digger is a contemporary relationship thriller about second chances, family and betrayal. It tells the story of Julia Day, a woman turning 60, feeling increasingly adrift from her children and like she’s not sure of her place in the world any more.

‘Then she meets Benjamin. This younger man makes her feel seen for the first time in years. Their romance changes everything.’

But things soon take a dark turn when the past catches up to them: ‘When I came up with the idea I knew the past would play a major role,’ Dickens added. ‘It would almost be a character in itself.’

Similarly, Ormond said of the show: ‘Each member of the Day family has a slightly different memory of this trauma that is personal to them. But they are each affected by it in some particular way – it stays with them as a family until they’re able to unpack it.’