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The Midwich Cuckoos: Series Premiere (S1EP1 Sky Max Thurs 2 June 2022)



A quiet town is hit by a supernatural event that leaves everyone in a certain part of it unconscious, and all the women of childbearing age are found to be suddenly and inexplicably pregnant. As news spreads and tensions simmer, it is up to psychotherapist Dr Susannah Zellaby (Keeley Hawes) to help support those affected, while local detective DCI Paul Haynes is given the tasked of maintaining order.

The Midwich Cuckoos is an unnerving fable for our turbulent times, a thrilling, strange and at times horrifying journey into parenthood, which lays bare any parent’s worst fear: that the thing most precious to us – a child – might desire our destruction.

The series also stars Cherrelle Skeete (Hanna), Samuel West (All Creatures Great and Small), Aisling Loftus (A Discovery of Witches), Ukweli Roach (Blindspot), Lara Rossi (Robin Hood), Lewis Reeves (I May Destroy You), Rebekah Staton (Raised by Wolves) and Anneika Rose (Line of Duty).

The Midwich Cuckoos has been adapted for the screen by Emmy award-nominated writer David Farr (The Night Manager, Hanna). The seven-part series is produced by Route 24 (backed by ITV Studios) and Snowed-In Productions, in association with Sky Studios.

Airdate: Thurs 2 June 2022 at 21:00 on Sky Max

Season 1 Episode 1

The Midwich Cuckoos is set in Midwich, a small English commuter town that is liberal and aspirational, populated by nuclear families and affluent high streets. A place where nothing much happens – and for a very good reason. That is until the twilight hours of a summer’s day when a sleepy corner of Midwich is plunged into panic. People pass out on their feet without warning, without reason.

Anyone who tries to enter meets the same fate. And nobody can understand why. When the mysterious blackout is lifted, life for those affected returns to apparent normality – except every woman of child-bearing age inside the zone has suddenly and inexplicably fallen pregnant. As news spreads and tensions simmer, it is up to gifted psychotherapist Dr Susannah Zellaby to help support those affected through the emotional wilderness.