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Channel 5, Network 10 and Fremantle Australia have joined forces to co-produce Riptide (4 x 60’), a premium, primetime thriller filmed in Australia and starring acclaimed UK actor Jo Joyner.

Joining Jo is English actor Ciarán Griffiths and Australian actors David Berry, Peter O’Brien, Ally Fowler, Pia Miranda, rising stars Benny Turland, Asher Yasbincek and Yazeed Daher, and newcomers Benjamin Samaddar and Sonya Suares.

Filmed in Melbourne, Alison’s life is plunged into despair when her new Australian husband vanishes after a morning surf. Did he get caught in a dangerous riptide – or is there more to his disappearance than meets the eye?

Newlyweds Alison and Sean Weston have a just about perfect life: they’re well off, they live in a beautiful surf coast home and they’re madly in love. But there’s tension under the surface: Alison’s daughter Hannah is struggling to adjust to her new, affluent life; Sean’s son Ethan is convinced that Alison is after his money; and Alison’s ex-husband Michael wants her back.

While Alison embraces the future, everything changes one morning when Sean heads out for a surf and never returns. Given the dangerous riptide, police conclude that he drowned. In an instant, Alison is plunged into a world of grief.

Jo Joyner said: “I am really excited to be working with the fantastic teams at Fremantle, Channel 5 and 10 in Australia, and playing Alison. She is such a warm and layered character whose world is turned upside down, just when it seemed like her life was finally coming together."

Greg Barnett, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, Unscripted, Channel 5 & P+: commented: "Lie With Me proved incredibly popular with our viewers and I'm looking forward to expanding our drama slate even further, working hand in hand with our production partners Fremantle Australia and Network 10. Jo is an incredible talent, and I can't wait to see what she brings to this role."

Riptide airs later this month on Channel 5.


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