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Ill Behaviour (BBC 2017, Tom Riley, Lizzy Caplan)



In Ill Behaviour, when Charlie (Tom Riley) is diagnosed with cancer the prognosis is favourable – he’s young and healthy, the cancer has been caught early and it’s a type which responds well to chemotherapy. However, Charlie is suspicious of drugs and modern medical treatments and decides to refuse chemotherapy in favour of an alternative New Age approach.

His oldest friends Joel (Chris Geere) and Tess (Jessica Regan) fear he’s written his own suicide note, so they decide to hold him hostage and administer chemotherapy themselves with the help of Nadia (Lizzy Caplan), an unstable, alcoholic oncologist.

Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning, says: “Sam has achieved something very special and gripping in placing a huge moral dilemma at the crossroads of friendship, family and loyalty when faced with a devastating cancer diagnosis. Characters have to make difficult ethical choices and engage in questionable deeds for what they believe to be the right reasons – it challenges our own sense of right and wrong in the face of life and death.

“The cast and team have pulled off something very ambitious and it’s the perfect must watch the next episode box-set viewing experience to launch on BBC iPlayer ahead of its broadcast on BBC Two.”

The series will get a repeat on BBC Two.

Ill Behavior Chris Geere

Chris Geere as Joel
Tom Riley as Charlie
Lizzy Caplan as Nadia
Jessica Regan as Tess
Christina Chong
John Gordon Sinclair as Detective Talbot

key behind the scenes crew
Sam Bain as Writer/Executive Producer
Steve Bendelack as Director
Gill Isles as Producer
Damon Beesley as Executive Producer
Iain Morris as Executive Producer
Simon Wilson as Executive Producer

show type
comedy thriller

broadcast from
Saturday 22 July 2017
3 episodes in total

network and production companies
BBC – Fudge Park


1. EPISODE ONE (22 Jul 17)
2. EPISODE TWO (22 Jul 17)
3. EPISODE THREE (22 Jul 17)