Exclusive first look at Aneurin Barnard and Jodie Comer in BBC3 drama Thirteen

BBC3's online-only future will start next month with a new five-part drama about a young woman working her way back into society after being abducted


Here we are, the first pictures of the first drama set to air on the new, online-only BBC3.


The five-part drama series called Thirteen is expected to be made available in late February.

It stars Jodie Comer as a young woman called Ivy Moxham, released from a cellar after 13 years in captivity. Comer is best known as Chloe in E4’s coming-of-age series My Mad Fat Diary (see below) and as the mistress in the hit Suranne Jones BBC1 drama Doctor Foster.


Aneurin Barnard plays Tim Hobson, Ivy’s boyfriend and one of the people helping her rehabilitate herself as she re-enters society. He’s currently appearing in BBC1’s Tolstoy adaptation War and Peace as Boris, the ambitious son of Anna Mikhailovna (Rebecca Front).

Thirteen also stars Richard Rankin (From Darkness), Valene Kane (The Fall, ‘71), Natasha Little (Wolf Hall), Stuart Graham (Our World War, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Joe Layton (Tatau), Katherine Rose Morley (Last Tango in Halifax), Eleanor Wyld (Misfits), Ariyon Bakare (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell) and Nicholas Farrell (Chariots of Fire, Bloody Sunday).


The series has been penned by Marnie Dickens, a young scriptwriter whose credits include Hollyoaks, Ripper Street and The Musketeers.

Dickens said, “The characters of Thirteen have been in my head for a long time. To now see such an incredible cast bringing them to life is just brilliant.”

Comer said, “I am beyond excited to be working with the BBC as part of the cast of Thirteen. Marnie Dickens’ writing is truly remarkable and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring Ivy to life. Imagine the most unimaginable happening. Life turning completely on its head, with the actions of one person affecting so many lives.

“We as humans, even though we doubt ourselves, have this amazing strength within us to cope in the most terrifying situations, and Marnie explores that so beautifully.”


Thirteen will be available in late February on BBC3, and will be subsequently broadcast on either BBC1 or BBC2