BBC One’s The Cry is set to replace Bodyguard in our Sunday night TV schedules

Do you love edge-of-your-seat dramas? Get ready for the BBC’s newest thriller, The Cry, then.

Starring Jenna Coleman, of Victoria and Doctor Who fame, the drama follows a young family who travel to Australia from Scotland with their newborn. Coleman, who plays the mother Joanna, and her husband, Alistair, played by Top of the Lake’s Ewen Leslie, are there to try and seek custody of Alistair’s child with his ex-wife, played by Asher Keddie, but have have their world turned upside down when their own baby is abducted.


According to the BBC, this event acts as ‘the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young woman, exposing the myths and truths of motherhood.’

Jenna Coleman actually wrapped filming for the four-part series – which has been adapted from the popular 2013 novel of the same name by Helen FitzGerald – back in May so that she could film season three of Victoria, but it’s this September that it will hit screens.

Talking of reading the script, Coleman said it was ‘like walking a tightrope, racing page to page, unsettling, unknowable, uncomfortable, and thrilling.’ However, she’s discussed how she was worried she’d actually been miscast in the role.

Talking to the Guardian, she said: ‘I spent a good first chunk of it just thinking they’d completely miscast – and why on earth me?’

‘I’m not a mother! I really kind of hit myself over the head with it. I felt there was obviously something I wouldn’t be able to capture. It was something so… well, primal that I haven’t literally experienced. And I’ve really struggled with that.’

She said that she turned to friends, who were mothers, for advice on how to portray her character and learnt a lot about the ‘day-to-day realities of what it is being a new mum’.

And knowing what an incredible actress she is, despite her concerns, we have no doubt she’s honoured the role.

The BBC have confirmed that the show will air on Sunday 30th September, so it will fill the Bodyguard-shaped hole in our viewing schedules. We wonder if we could fit in a quick read of the book before then!