The Moorside

Series 1 - Episode 2



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.

The Moorside 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

Julie Bushby Sheridan Smith
DC Christine Freeman Siobhan Finneran
Karen Matthews Gemma Whelan
Natalie Brown Sian Brooke
'Scouse' Pete Brown John Dagleish
PC Steve 'Kinchie' Kinchin Dean Andrews
DC Alex Grummit Steve Oram
Petra Jamieson Faye McKeever
Callie Brown Macy Shackleton
Rev Kathy Robertson Rebecca Manley
Ian Martin Savage
Neil Hyett Darren Connolly
Amanda Hyett Charlotte Mills
Alice Meehan Cathy Breeze
Craig Meehan Tom Hanson
Sheryl Sally Carr
Peter Bushby William Hunt
Debbie Erin Shanagher
Tiffany Bushby Cody Ryan
Stacey Bushby Kirsty Armstrong
DS Paul Brennan Paul Opacic
Michael Donovan Sam Chapman
Social Worker Rachel Logan
Cecil Bill Maynard
Prosecuting Counsel Keir Charles
Judge Nicholas Jones
Director Paul Whittington
Producer Ken Horn
Writer Neil McKay
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