Jenna Coleman, Ewen Leslie to Star in New BBC Drama The Cry


Jenna Coleman (Victoria, Doctor Who) and Ewen Leslie (Safe Harbour, Top of the Lake) have been cast in The Cry, a new four-part BBC One drama.

Written by Jacquelin Perske, The Cry was adapted from the novel by Helen FitzGerald. It marks the first scripted television commission for Scottish-based production company Synchronicity Films. Filming is taking place in Scotland and Australia, and the project is directed by Glendyn Ivin (Safe Harbour, Gallipoli, The Beautiful Lie).

In the series, Joanna (Coleman) and her husband Alistair (Leslie) deal with unthinkable tragedy under public scrutiny and in their private lives when their newborn baby is abducted from a small coastal town in Australia. It is the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young woman, exposing the myths and truths of motherhood.

Coleman said: “I first read Jacquelin Perske’s script on a plane, it felt like walking a tightrope, racing page to page, unsettling, unknowable, uncomfortable and thrilling. I look forward to tackling this challenge and bringing it to the screen with such a talented team in Glendyn Ivin, Brian Kaczynski and Claire Mundell with Synchronicity Films and the BBC.”

Leslie added: “From Helen FitzGerald’s addictive and exciting novel, to Jacquelin Perske’s beautifully written scripts, I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of the amazing team that has been formed to bring these complicated characters and thrilling story to the screen. Synchronicity Films have a great track record in producing high-quality drama and Glendyn Ivin is without a doubt one of the most exciting directors working today. I’m over the moon that they’ve asked me to join this amazing project.”

Claire Mundell, executive producer for Synchronicity Films, commented: “We couldn’t be more excited to have Jenna and Ewen as our lead cast, and to be bringing this emotional rollercoaster of a story to BBC and international audiences. I’m honored that Synchronicity’s first scripted commission for BBC Drama is Helen FitzGerald’s Scottish-Australian page-turner The Cry, brought to the screen by the combined talents of writer Jacquelin Perske and director Glendyn Ivin.”

Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, said: “The Cry is an intense, psychological thriller which constantly surprises and I know that with the fantastic Jenna Coleman and Ewen Leslie leading the cast as the young couple thrown into haunting and exceptional circumstances, this will be a truly unmissable series for BBC One.”