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Before We Die release date: Cast, trailer and news on Channel 4 drama

Lesley Sharp stars as a detective with a troubled son in this new thriller.

Before We Die
Channel 4
Published: Wednesday, 26th May 2021 at 5:18 pm

New drama Before We Die premieres on Channel 4 tonight, with Lesley Sharp making her debut as Hannah Laing, a cop who puts her career on the line when she finds out her son Christian is involved in an investigation into her colleague and lover's death.


Based on a Swedish thriller of the same name, the "bones" of the original have crossed the North Sea and landed in Bristol, where the remake is based.

Featuring a star-studded Before We Die cast and fascinating Before We Die filming locations, The Channel 4 series is a show "very rooted in the UK but looks like a UK that's dark and a bit lost," Lesley Sharp recently told The Big RT Interview.

Here's everything you need to know about Before We Die, from the stellar cast to its release date.

Before We Die release date

Before We Die will begin on Wednesday 26th May at 9pm on Channel 4.

The six-part drama, based on a Walter Presents series of the same name, will air weekly on Wednesdays from that date onwards.

Before We Die cast

Before We Die Episode 4

The Before We Die cast stars Scott & Bailey's Lesley Sharp as Hannah Laing, a detective who finds herself conflicted when her son is implicated in an investigation into the brutal murder of one of her colleagues.

Patrick Gibson (The OA, The Tudors) plays Hannah's mixed-up son Christian, while Wallander's Vincent Regan plays Hannah's colleague Billy Murdoch.

Rounding out the cast is Croatian actor Toni Gojanović (HBO's Success) as criminal gang leader Davor Mimica.

Before We Die trailer

Channel 4 recently released the first trailer for Before We Die, teasing the explosive (quite literally) drama to come.

Last week, the broadcaster revealed a few first-look images from the show – including a photo of Hannah and Christian together.

Before We Die Episode 4
Channel 4

Before We Die plot

The new Channel 4 drama follows Hannah Laing (Sharp), a Bristol-based senior police detective forced to make a terrible decision when her son Christian (Gibson) goes off the rails and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation into one of Hannah's colleagues.

Christian works for the Mimica crime family – a clan who moved from Croatia to Bristol and run a successful restaurant – but with ruthless eldest son Davor (Gojanović) calling the shots, Christian finds himself stepping into dangerous territory.

The series is based on a Swedish series of the same name, also produced by drama brand Walter Presents.

How to watch the Swedish original Before We Die

Before We Die

If you fancy checking out the Swedish series on which the Channel 4 drama is based on, then you're in luck!

You can stream the full boxset – both series – on All4 right now. The original, titled Innan Dör in Sweden, stars Marie Richardson as Hanna, Adam Pålsson as Christian and Magnus Krepper as Björn (the Swedish equivalent of Vincent Regan's character Billy).


Want more show content? Read our theories on who is the mole in Before We Die.

Before We Die will debut on Wednesday 26th May at 9pm on Channel 4. If you’re looking for more to watch, take a look at the rest of our Drama coverage, or check out our TV Guide.

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