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Hollington Drive Series Premiere Wed 29 Sep on ITV

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Anna Maxwell Martin and Rachael Stirling play sisters in new four-part thriller for ITV, Hollington Drive, from acclaimed screenwriter Sophie Petzal.

Produced by West Road Pictures, the All3Media scripted production label fronted by Managing Director and Executive Producer Jonathan Fisher, Hollington Drive focuses on the lives of sisters, Theresa, (Anna Maxwell Martin, Motherland) and her older headteacher sibling, Helen (Rachael Stirling,Wild Bill).

Theresa’s partner Fraser is played by Rhashan Stone (Finding Alice) and Helen’s partner, David, by Peter McDonald (Dublin Murders).

The sisters appear close and their families enjoy spending time together. We open on a warm, balmy evening, barbecue sizzling on the patio, the perfect family setting. The atmosphere is chilled, as they lounge in Theresa and Fraser’s perfectly manicured garden.

Apart from Fraser’s brother Eddie (Ken Nwosu, Sticks and Stones) winding everyone up, there’s hardly a hint of tension, but this is the calm before the storm.

When Theresa’s ten-year-old son, Ben (Fraser Holmes) asks to play in the nearby park with his cousin Eva (Amelie Bea Smith), the adults begin to niggle. Fraser is relaxed and is fine for them to go, but this doesn’t help Theresa’s fears of foreboding and growing feelings of anxiety.

As expected the children don’t return on time, and Theresa goes in search. Her suspicions are heightened when she finds the children on the edge of a woodland area and they appear to be fighting. Immediately her instincts tell her something terrible has happened.

In the opening episode, on a Summer evening in the seemingly idyllic suburb of Hollington Drive, 10-year-old Alex Boyd is declared missing. Sisters and social pillars within the community, Theresa and Helen, struggle to hold their lives and their families together in the wake of this tragedy. Secrets and lies begin to surface and long held facades falter as grief rips through Hollington Drive.

Theresa (Anna Maxwell Martin) is concerned about her own son Ben’s increasingly unusual behaviour and darkening mood, and fears that a past traumatic event is finally catching up with them. Her partner, Fraser (Rhashan Stone), tries to assuage her concerns, but as each new detail in the police investigation is announced, Theresa withdraws further still, terrified that Ben may have done something unthinkable.

Next door, school headmistress Helen (Rachael Stirling) is forced to confront the deepening faults within her own household: a listless, disengaged husband (Peter McDonald);a young daughter reeling from shock; and a school full of students and staff, all traumatised by the horror of Alex’s suspicious disappearance.

The residents of Hollington Drive are compelled to assist in the search for the missing child, but Theresa fears the worst. Is it possible that her own son was somehow involved in whatever happened to Alex?

Cast
ANNA MAXWELL MARTIN – Theresa
RACHAEL STIRLING – Helen
PETER MCDONALD – David
RHASHAN STONE – Fraser
JONAS ARMSTRONG – Gareth
JODIE MCNEE – Jean
KEN NWOSU – Eddie
AMELIE BEA SMITH – Eva
FRASER HOLMES – Ben
TIA MAY WATTS – Georgina

Airdate: Wednesday 29 September 2021 at 9.00pm on ITV.