Danny Dyer's new drama Heat has kicked off on Channel 5, hooking in viewers with an unguessable thriller.


And it looks like the series is only going to get more intense as it progresses, if Dyer's recent comments are anything to go by.

Talking about the four-part series, the actor, who is appearing back on our screens for the first time since his shock EastEnders departure as pub landlord Mick Carter last year, told RadioTimes.com and other press: “The third and fourth episodes are so good, especially the end of the third one because you think, ‘What the f**k?’ You can’t wait for the fourth, you need to gorge on it immediately.

"You really can’t believe that this story has taken this mad twist so, at the end, within the fire surrounding, Steve does become the ultimate lion, if you like, within the kingdom."

Heat stars Dyer as Steve Cameron, an English ex-pat living in Australia with his family who all embark on their annual holiday at his longtime friend Brad's home.

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Disaster soon strikes however, as secrets and lies are revealed, with the threat of bushfires looming in the distance.

It's a different pace of role for Dyer, who many will know for being an EastEnders favourite, but speaking to RadioTimes.com and other press, the actor admitted that this new role in Heat prompted him to "dig deep". Teasing a bit more about the journey of his character in the series, Dyer said: “I think it’s clever, what they’ve done."

But when exactly does Heat air and who stars in it alongside Dyer? Read on for everything you need to know about the Channel 5 drama.

Heat release date

Heat began airing on Channel 5 on Tuesday 11th at 9pm.

The series will across four consecutive nights through to Friday 14th July, and will also be available to watch on My5.

Who stars in Heat alongside Danny Dyer?

The cast of Heat
The cast of Heat Ben King/Fremantle Media Australia

Marking his first major role since EastEnders – where he played Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter until his dramatic departure – Danny Dyer will be leading the cast of Heat.

His onscreen best friend Brad is played by Scottish-born Darren McMullen (Doctor Doctor, Christmas on the Farm) with the rest of the cast made up of a great ensemble of Australian and international actors.

The full cast for Heat is as follows.

  • Danny Dyer as Steve Cameron
  • Darren McMullen as Brad Fisher
  • Pia Miranda as Sarah Cameron
  • Matia Marks as Mia Cameron
  • Matteo Annetta as Tom Cameron
  • Jane Allsop as Louise Fisher
  • Hunter Hayden as Kip Fisher
  • Olympia Valance as Sergeant Angelos
  • Richie Morris as Jet Calloway

Heat plot

Danny Dyer stars in Heat
Danny Dyer stars in Heat Ray Messner/Fremantle Media Australia

Set with an Australian bushfire looming over the holiday, this series promises twists and turns aplenty – and we'd expect no less from a drama that has been created by Jason Herbison (Riptide) and directed by Kate Kendall (Neighbours).

Best friends since they were both single in the UK, Steve and Brad made a decision to emigrate to Australia decades ago and it was a decision for the better. There, they met their wives, started families and started up a near 20-year-old tradition of reuniting for an annual summer holiday with their families.

But this time round, the usually cheery and nostalgic summer holiday is underpinned by family drama threatening to come to the fore. They decide to meet at Brad's recently built dream house in the Victorian highlands, where he meets the Cameron family with his wife Louise and son Kip.

While it may be all smiles and laughter at first, Steve, his wife Sarah and their teenage children, Mia and Tom, are clearly concealing tensions of their own. Steve is hiding something, which only prompts Mia to think her father could be having an affair.

But the real twist is that Sarah is the one harbouring a secret – but Brad has an even bigger one to hide.

Speaking about the new series upon news of its commission, Greg Barnett, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, Unscripted, Channel 5 & P+ said: “I’m delighted Danny is joining Channel 5 for his first major drama project post-EastEnders. Heat is a suspenseful and nail-biting thriller and I can’t wait to see him bring his great talent and energy to it”.

Is there a trailer for Heat?

There is! The first look trailer is expectedly dramatic and gives us our first glimpse of the cast in action and some of the secrets that could very well be revealed. It definitely doesn't look like anyone's dream holiday, but will everyone make it out alive?

You can watch the trailer for Heat below.

Heat is coming to Channel 5 later this year. Check out more of our Drama coverage or visit our TV Guide and Streaming Guide to find out what's on.


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