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Dark new BBC thriller to mark major milestone in television rarely seen before

Dark new BBC thriller to mark major milestone in television rarely seen before

The four-part thriller stars the likes of Anne-Marie Duff and Rose Ayling-Ellis

A dark new BBC series promising to be a ‘thriller like no other’ is set to mark a major milestone in TV, and we already know it’s going to be HUGE obsession among viewers.

Our appetite for TV thrillers seems to be totally insatiable, as we’ve learnt from all those late-night binges on Netflix and iPlayer.

From the twists and turns of Fool Me Once (remember that?!) to more recent streaming hits, we love sitting down to a gritty watch.

Thankfully, there’s another on the way with an all-star cast, including the likes of British small-screen icon Anne-Marie Duff and EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis.

Written by Sheffield-born deaf writer William Mager, the ‘emotional’ four-episode series bills itself as a tale of ‘revenge and redemption’, following a deaf man named Daniel Brennan (Matthew Gurney) who has recently been released from prison.

It will feature Rose Ayling-Ellis (BBC)
It will feature Rose Ayling-Ellis (BBC)

He sets about righting his wrongs, while also unravelling the truth behind the events that landed him in prison, with the BBC saying his character ‘embodies the struggle of a man caught between two worlds, unable to fully integrate into the hearing world and shunned by his closest friends and the wider deaf community following his heinous crime’.

The thriller, titled Reunion, also features Lara Peake, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Collins, Ace Mahbaz, Sophie Stone, Olive Gray, Joe Sims, Julian Peedle-Calloo, Cherie Gordon, Rinkoo Barpaga, James Joseph Boyle, Brian Duffy, Joanne Harrison and David Hirshman.

According to the BBC, the series marks a ‘milestone in inclusive storytelling’, with the majority of cast - and many members of the crew - being deaf or using British Sign Language (BSL).

Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, said in a statement: “It’s no surprise that William Mager’s layered, intelligent and utterly compelling scripts have attracted a cast and crew of such exceptional calibre to bring this story to the BBC.

“A thriller like no other, this is a reunion you won’t want to miss.”

Bad Sister's Anne-Marie Duff also stars (Apple TV)
Bad Sister's Anne-Marie Duff also stars (Apple TV)

Anne-Marie Duff added: “I am genuinely thrilled to be a part of this very exciting production.

“It is rare to witness a narrative where the audience is taken on a journey with a very different set of senses. It’s about our need to acknowledge each other’s truths- both inside our own families and beyond.

“The team is so extraordinary. I feel very honoured to be rubbing shoulders with them.”

You might have a bit of a wait on your hands before Reunion hits screens, as it's currently filming in Yorkshire, but we will, of course, keep you posted!

Featured Image Credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images/BBC

Topics: BBC, TV And Film, Thriller, UK News, Celebrity