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The Control Room: Release date, trailer and news for BBC thriller

The series, starring Iain De Caestecker and Joanna Vanderham, is airing on BBC One

Gabe (Iain De Caestecker) and Sam (Joanna Vanderham) in The Control Room.
Hartswood Films, Anne Binckebanck, BBC
Published: Monday, 18th July 2022 at 3:50 pm
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The Control Room has now aired its thrilling first episode on BBC One, with the second episode set to air tonight - and after that cliffhanger, we're on tenterhooks.

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The three-part series comes from the producers of Sherlock and Dracula, and sees Iain De Caestecker star as Gabe, an emergency call handler whose life has been turned upside down by a call from a distressed woman, who knows him from his past.

When he was cast De Caestecker said the BBC show was "one of the most exciting scripts" he had ever read, and he subsequently told RadioTimes.com and other press in a Q&A that when he was reading it his "heart was racing". Based on the first episode, it's perhaps no surprise.

The series also stars Joanna Vanderham, Sharon Rooney, Taj Atwal and Daniel Portman, with the mystery set to heat up in tonight's new episode.

But just when will the next episode be available to watch? Read on for everything you need to know about The Control Room on BBC One.

The Control Room BBC One release date

Joanna Vanderham in The Control Room.
Joanna Vanderham in The Control Room. Hartswood Films, Jamie Simpson, BBC

The thriller series, made up of three, hour-long episodes, started airing on BBC One on Sunday 17th July at 9pm.

The next two episodes are set to air on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th at 9pm, while the entire series is now available as a box set on BBC iPlayer.

What's The Control Room about?

The Control Room tells the story of an emergency call handler named Gabe, who works for the Strathclyde Ambulance Service in Glasgow.

When Gabe receives a desperate call from a distressed woman, he at first gets to work trying to help as usual - then he realises that the woman appears to know him, and his world is turned upside down.

The pressure is on for Gabe to work out who she is and he makes a decision which threatens to have devastating consequences.

The Control Room trailer

Iain De Caestecker in The Control Room
Iain De Caestecker in The Control Room BBC, Hartswood Films, Jamie Simpson

You can watch the gripping first trailer for The Control Room, which already looks like a nerve-racking thrill-ride, right here.

Who stars in The Control Room alongside Iain De Caestecker?

The Control Room
The Control Room BBC

The series stars Iain De Caestecker (Agents of SHIELD) as Gabe, while Joanna Vanderham (Dancing on the Edge) plays the mysterious Sam. The cast is rounded out by Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary) and Daniel Portman (Game of Thrones) amongst others.

Here's a full list of the cast for The Control Room:

  • Iain De Caestecker as Gabe
  • Joanna Vanderham as Sam
  • Sharon Rooney as Breck
  • Stuart Bowman as Ian
  • Taj Atwal as Leigh
  • Daniel Portman as Anthony
  • Rona Morison as Danni
  • Conor McLeod as Ross

The series comes from Hartswood Films (Sherlock, The Devil's Hour) and was written by Nick Leather (Murdered for Being Different, Mother's Day) and directed by Amy Neil (Call the Midwife, Trust Me).

The Control Room continues on BBC One on Monday 18th July 2022, with all episodes now available on BBC iPlayer. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our TV Guide or visit our dedicated Drama hub for the latest news.

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