Series 1 - Episode 3

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

If you like crime dramas slow and enthralling, this is for you. Writers Ben Court and Caroline Ip keep wrong-footing us – just when we think we know who took May Queen Hattie, they pull out the rug.

In the third episode (Mayday runs until Thursday) former police officer Fiona Hill (Sophie Okonedo) wonders about her husband, also a cop, who’s the subject of a disciplinary inquiry and behaves as if he has secrets.

But maybe the answer to Hattie’s disappearance lies in the dense woods that seem to be closing in on a community that’s tearing itself apart. As the claustrophobia builds, layers of respectability are peeled away to reveal the rawness beneath.

About this programme

3/5. A devastating discovery throws the spotlight on a key suspect and forces Gail to face unwelcome facts about husband Malcolm. Caitlin and Linus's relationship deepens when she tells him a shameful secret about the day her sister went missing, while Fiona grows suspicious of Everett. Crime drama, starring Lesley Manville, Peter Firth, Leila Mimmack, Max Fowler and Sophie Okonedo. Continues tomorrow.

Cast and crew


Gail Spicer
Lesley Manville
Malcolm Spicer
Peter Firth
Fiona Hill
Sophie Okonedo
Alan Hill
Peter McDonald
Everett Newcombe
Aidan Gillen
Steve Docker
Sam Spruell
Seth Docker
Tom Fisher
Linus Newcombe
Max Fowler
Caitlin/Hattie Sutton
Leila Mimmack
Charlotte Hill
Hannah Jean-Baptiste
James Spicer
David Fynn
DS Mills
Adrian Rawlins
Richard Sutton
Richard Hawley
Jo Sutton
Caroline Berry
Victoria Carling
PC Simmons
Daniel Coonan
PC Bryson
Matthew Ashforde
Charley Palmer Merkell
Jake Curran
Mel Ryman
Barbara Drennan
Nicola Harrison
Alfie Hill
Harry Hunt
Monty Hill
Koko Anglo
Camera guy
Steve Hansell
Girl with Everett
Florence Hall


Brian Welsh
Chris Fry
Ben Court
Caroline Ip