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Channel 5 have revealed first look images from upcoming four-part primetime thriller The Cuckoo, produced by Clapperboard.

Jill Halfpenny leads the cast as Sian, a woman who inserts herself into the lives of married couple Nick and Jessica and their adopted daughter Alice. Lee Ingleby stars as Nick with Claire Goose as Jessica and Freya Hannan-Mills starring as their daughter Alice. Marjorie Yates will also feature as Aunt Fay.

The Cuckoo follows the story of Sian, a lodger who is taken in by Nick and Jessica. They have just bought the house of their dreams, a grand doer-upper in the countryside town that Jessica grew up in. However, as the financial crisis hits the family fall on tough times and suddenly their home is on the line.

They are forced to pull their adopted teenage daughter, Alice out of her private school and into the local comprehensive. Nick finds another job, but it’s still not enough to make ends meet. With no other choice, Jessica decides they need to take in Sian as a lodger to help.

Sian is beautiful, flirty, and mysterious. She immediately begins sowing discord within the family – acting too familiar with Nick, borrowing Jessica’s clothes, and building an increasingly inappropriate rapport with Alice.

Jessica begins to question if Sian is really who she claims to be? Quickly she realises something more insidious and twisted is going on and Jessica, Nick and Alice will be forced to fight for each other and their own lives.

Sebastian Cardwell, Deputy Chief Content Officer, UK at Paramount said: “We’re thrilled to be teaming up again with Clapperboard to bring this tense and twisty series to our viewers. Equipped with a gripping script and household names Jill Halfpenny, Lee Ingleby, Claire Goose and Marjorie Yates as our lead cast, The Cuckoo is another brilliant addition to our expanding drama slate.”

Transmission details will be confirmed in due course.


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