“The Drowning” performs like a Life time movie on steroids — and that’s not meant to be derisive.
This four-portion British thriller, which established viewership documents on Channel 5 in the British isles, comes Thursday (May possibly 6) — and will premiere simultaneously on sister networks Sundance Now and Acorn TV…so there’s faith it will attract eyeballs.
There’s no explanation why it shouldn’t the motion is briskly paced and the storyline, about a mother who’s persuaded a teenage boy is her presumably useless kid, is shaded sufficient that you are never ever fairly absolutely sure who’s telling the real truth here — or who’s obtained ulterior motives.
Jill Halfpenny stars as Jodie Walsh, who’s however grieving the decline of her 4-calendar year-outdated son, Tom. He drowned in a lake 9 yrs just before for the duration of a family outing (no one was looking at him) and Jodie’s never provided up hope that he’s nonetheless alive. Right after all, the lake was dredged and his system was hardly ever recovered, and there was that mysterious few sighted just right before Tom vanished. Jodie’s held his place just the way it was the working day he disappeared.
Sitting in targeted traffic, Jodie spies a group of young children walking to university, together with a curly-haired boy keeping a guitar scenario. She follows them (stealthily) and is confident she’s found Tom the child, named Daniel Tanner (, shares the exact exclusive facial scar as Tom and he’s musical, just like his moms and dads. Jodie’s ex-husband, Ben (Dara Devaney) is not certain he’s moved on with his lifetime and with his marriage to Jodie’s ex-ideal mate, Kate (Deirdre Mullins), with whom he has a daughter. It’s challenging.
Jill Halfpenny and Cody Malko as Jodie Walsh and Daniel Tanner in “The Drowning,” premiering May 6.Bernard Walsh
That sets into motion a immediately unfolding collection of situations. Jodie befriends equally Daniel and his father, Mark (Rupert Penry-Jones), who’s perpetually on edge, in no way allows Daniel out of his sight and refuses to communicate about his late spouse, even to Daniel — who commences inquiring issues his father angrily evades.
The motion below is very significantly non-quit, as Jodie, with her obsession with Daniel, is by turns sympathetic and stalker-y as she’s hell-bent on proving that Daniel is, in truth, Tom. But is he? That is the central concern at the main of “The Drowning,” and you are never ever pretty sure, considering the fact that it does a great position of raising uncertainties about equally Jodie and Mark, which continue being all the way as a result of to the sequence finale. There are numerous subplots along the way, including Jodie’s partnership with her household and strategies and lies involving her co-employees Yasmin and Ade (Jade Anouka, Babs Olusanmokun), but they are not gratuitous and do link to the story’s central arc.
Rupert Penry-Jones and Jill Halfpenny as Mark and Jodie in “The Drowning.”Bernard Walsh
“The Drowning,” which was filmed in and around Dublin (subbing for England) averaged upwards of 6 million viewers on Channel 5 when it premiered in February as the most-viewed drama in that network’s historical past, and its four episodes fly by swiftly with nary a dull second.
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