“The Drowning” performs like a Lifetime movie on steroids — and that’s not meant to be derisive.
This four-part British thriller, which set viewership information on Channel 5 within the UK, arrives Thursday (May 6) — and can premiere concurrently on sister networks Sundance Now and Acorn TV…so there’s religion it would entice eyeballs.
There’s no cause why it shouldn’t; the motion is briskly paced and the storyline, about a mom who’s satisfied a teenage boy is her presumably lifeless little one, is shaded sufficient that you simply’re by no means fairly certain who’s telling the reality right here — or who’s bought ulterior motives.
Jill Halfpenny stars as Jodie Walsh, who’s nonetheless grieving the lack of her 4-year-old son, Tom. He drowned in a lake 9 years earlier than throughout a household outing (nobody was watching him) and Jodie’s by no means given up hope that he’s nonetheless alive. After all, the lake was dredged and his physique was by no means recovered, and there was that mysterious couple sighted simply earlier than Tom vanished. Jodie’s stored his room precisely the way in which it was the day he disappeared.
Sitting in site visitors, Jodie spies a group of children strolling to highschool, together with a curly-haired boy holding a guitar case. She follows them (stealthily) and is satisfied she’s discovered Tom; the child, named Daniel Tanner (, shares the identical distinctive facial scar as Tom and he’s musical, identical to his mother and father. Jodie’s ex-husband, Ben (Dara Devaney) isn’t satisfied; he’s moved on together with his life and together with his marriage to Jodie’s ex-best buddy, Kate (Deirdre Mullins), with whom he has a daughter. It’s sophisticated.
That units into movement a rapidly unfolding collection of occasions. Jodie befriends each Daniel and his father, Mark (Rupert Penry-Jones), who’s perpetually on edge, by no means lets Daniel out of his sight and refuses to speak about his late spouse, even to Daniel — who begins asking questions his father angrily evades.
The motion right here is just about continuous, as Jodie, along with her obsession with Daniel, is by turns sympathetic and stalker-y as she’s hell-bent on proving that Daniel is, certainly, Tom. But is he? That’s the central query on the core of “The Drowning,” and also you’re by no means fairly certain, because it does a good job of elevating doubts about each Jodie and Mark, which stay all through to the collection finale. There are a number of subplots alongside the way in which, together with Jodie’s relationship along with her household and secrets and techniques and lies involving her co-workers Yasmin and Ade (Jade Anouka, Babs Olusanmokun), however they’re not gratuitous and do connect with the story’s central arc.
“The Drowning,” which was filmed in and round Dublin (subbing for England) averaged upwards of 6 million viewers on Channel 5 when it premiered in February because the most-watched drama in that community’s historical past, and its 4 episodes fly by rapidly with nary a uninteresting second.
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