BAFTA award-winning actress Sheridan Smith OBE leads ITV’s gripping and complex four-part event drama written by RTS award winning screenwriter, Danny Brocklehurst.
Sheridan is joined by Louis Ashbourne Serkis best known for his role in the 2019 fantasy adventure film The Kid Who Would Be King and the 2021 winner of the Outstanding Performance category at the 6th National Film Awards UK.
Together they play mother and son, Kathy and 16 year-old-Noah. Also joining the cast is Olivier award-winning actor Michael Jibson (Quiz, Isolation Stories) who won Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as King George III in Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Michael plays Martin, Kathy’s husband and father to Noah.
Looking forward to an idyllic all-inclusive luxury break in Turkey to enjoy the sun and sea with extended family members, Kathy (Sheridan Smith) and Martin (Michael Jibson), their son Noah (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) and younger daughter Jessica (Lily Sutcliffe) are blissfully unaware of the horrific ordeal about to unfold.
Their holiday is a chance to unwind and for Kathy and Martin to spend some muchneeded time together - until unsuspecting Noah accepts a seemingly innocent invitation to a beach party.
Suddenly Kathy and Martin’s world spectacularly falls apart when they are left desperately fighting for their son’s freedom against extremely challenging circumstances.
An arrest, an expensive and alien legal system, looming media coverage and resistance from fellow holidaymakers to come to their aid leaves the distraught parents fighting for Noah’s freedom when ironically he should be at school sitting his latest exams.
Completing the cast are Sian Brooke (Stephen) who plays Kathy’s sister Megan, David Mumeni (Sliced) who plays Megan’s husband Steve, Philip Arditti (House of Saddam) as Noah’s legal representative Rico Karvalci, Murat Seven (SOKO Stuttgart) as hotel worker Ismail, and Rufus Hound (Trollied) who plays Private Investigator Al Milner.
With themes of parental love, guilt, grievances, and the issues around consent for teenagers, this contemporary and emotional story depicts an unassuming family who are caught up in a living nightmare whilst on holiday in Turkey.