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There’s jubilation on the streets of the rough and ready Moorside estate; one of their own, nine-year-old Shannon Matthews, has been found safe and well after her abduction. There’s a sense of community pride along with impromptu street parties and firework “displays” as the estate, led by the redoubtable Julie Bushby (Sheridan Smith), prepares to welcome Shannon home.
Jeff Pope and Neil McKay’s drama is clearly not any kind of whodunnit, we all know how the story ended, with Shannon’s damaged, ineffectual mother Karen convicted of colluding in her daughter’s 24-day disappearance.
is about betrayal, the wounding of a group of people who are left humiliated in the eyes of a world that despises them. Siân Brooke (Eurus in Sherlock) is particularly good as Natalie, who spots cracks in Karen’s hopeless façade.
Part two of two. Following the discovery of Shannon Matthews, the police and the community attempt to discover the truth behind her disappearance. Karen Matthews sticks to her story - flatly denying any involvement in her child's abduction. Suspicions deepen further until her friends Julie and Natalie set about discovering the whole shocking truth about Shannon's disappearance. Sheridan Smith, Siobhan Finneran, Gemma Whelan, John Dagleish, Steve Oram and Dean Andrews star.
Cast & Crew
DC Christine Freeman
'Scouse' Pete Brown
PC Steve 'Kinchie' Kinchin
DC Alex Grummit
Rev Kathy Robertson
DS Paul Brennan
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