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Cape Wrath (TV series)

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Cape Wrath
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Also known asMeadowlands
Created by
Directed by
  • Duane Clark
  • Andrew Gunn
  • Paul Walker
ComposerAdrian Johnston
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
ProducerCaroline Levy
  • John Daly
  • Mark Waters
  • Luke Dunkley
  • Paul Endacott
Running time45 minutes
Production companyEcosse Films
Original release
Release17 June (2007-06-17) –
5 August 2007 (2007-08-05)

Cape Wrath (also known as Meadowlands) is a British thriller drama television series, created by Robert Murphy and Matthew Arlidge, that first broadcast in the United Kingdom on 10 July 2007 on Channel 4.[1] Produced by Ecosse Films, the series focuses on the Brogan family, who are trying to escape their past while confronting an even more uncertain future.[1]

The series was a co-production between Channel 4 in the UK and Showtime in the United States, where it received its world première on 17 June 2007, at 22:00 EST.[2] During its original broadcast on Showtime, the series was accompanied by an interactive online experience, which following each episode, featured exclusive content detailing the background of a specific character from their life before they moved to Meadowlands, including their real name.[2]

Due to low ratings, Channel 4 executives confirmed that a second series would not be commissioned.[3] The complete series was released on Region 2 DVD on 27 August 2007.[4] A quiz based upon the series is available to play on FunTrivia.[5]


The series opens with Danny (David Morrissey) and Evelyn Brogan (Lucy Cohu) and their two teenage children, Zoe (Felicity Jones) and Mark (Harry Treadaway), entering a witness protection programme and moving to a bucolic neighbourhood known as Meadowlands to begin a new life. Picturesque and crime-free, Meadowlands appears to be a suburban paradise where the Brogan family can start a new life. However, they soon realise that it is not so easy to escape the past, and their haven becomes a world of paranoia and psychological intrigue with shocking surprises around every corner, especially the particularly stunning revelation that they can never leave.


The series was filmed in Kent. Many of the interior sets were built in a warehouse close to The Maidstone Studios.[6] The estate itself is in fact The Lakes, a new housing development built next to Leybourne Lakes Country Park. Kings Hill features as the local town centre. Other locations include The Kings Hill Golf Course, Wye College and Maidstone Leisure Centre.[6]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK airdateUK viewers
(millions) [7]
1"Episode 1"Robert MurphyDuane Clark17 June 2007 (2007-06-17)10 July 2007[fn 1]1.83
The Brogans arrive at Meadowlands and meet their neighbours: bad boy handyman Jack Donnelly, vivacious and bubbly Brenda and general practitioner Dr. York, all of whom harbour secrets as potentially devastating as the Brogans'.
2"Episode 2"Robert MurphyDuane Clark24 June 2007 (2007-06-24)10 July 2007TBA
A day that begins with hope for the future ends with tragedy when Mark's experimenting with cross-dressing results in a brutal attack that leaves him traumatised again and Danny reeling from his own murderous rage.
3"Episode 3"Chris DunlopDuane Clark30 June 2007 (2007-06-30)10 July 2007[fn 2]TBA
Local cop Wintersgill becomes suspicious of Jack Donnelly's absence and begins investigating his disappearance, while Danny and Mark struggle to keep Jack's murder a secret.
4"Episode 4"Robert MurphyDuane Clark8 July 2007 (2007-07-08)17 July 2007TBA
A vicious psychological game of cat and mouse ensues between Danny and Wintersgill, as Mark has a charged encounter with neighbour Brenda and Evelyn learns a shocking truth that affects her past and future.
5"Episode 5"Chris Denne & Joel JenkinsPaul Walker15 July 2007 (2007-07-15)24 July 2007TBA
Danny's handlers frame Ormond for Jack's murder, while Evelyn pleads with Dr. York to lie about Danny's fertility test results and Zoe undertakes an investigation of Jack's death with the help of former journalist Tom Tyrell.
6"Episode 6"Robert MurphyPaul Walker22 July 2007 (2007-07-22)31 July 2007TBA
Danny attempts to decipher the truth about Cape Wrath, while Samantha's visit with her dying father reveals more of the history behind Meadowlands and the romantic triangle between York, Abigail and Evelyn takes a disturbing turn.
7"Episode 7"Chris DunlopAndrew Gunn29 July 2007 (2007-07-29)7 August 2007TBA
Danny launches a desperate plan to escape from Meadowlands with his family, while York becomes increasingly unhinged and demands sexual favours from Evelyn in exchange for keeping her secret.
8"Episode 8"Robert MurphyAndrew Gunn5 August 2007 (2007-08-05)7 August 2007[fn 3]TBA
The painful truth about Danny's relationship to his children is finally revealed, as is the shocking location of Meadowlands; his escape plan gets a hand from a most unlikely source.
  1. ^ Episodes 1 & 2 were edited together into a single 77-minute episode when first broadcast on Channel 4.
  2. ^ From Episode 3 onwards, episodes were first broadcast on E4 as part of its "First Look" strand, immediately following the broadcast of the previous episode on Channel 4.
  3. ^ Episode 8 was broadcast directly after Episode 7, meaning that it was technically shown on 8 August 2007, as it was broadcast at 00:05.


  1. ^ a b "Channel 4 - Cape Wrath". Channel 4. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Showtime - Meadowlands (2007)". Showtime. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ Hemley, Matthew (28 August 2007). "Edinburgh bites: Cape Wrath no, Marchioness no, Jekyll maybe". The Stage. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
  4. ^ "Cape Wrath [DVD]". Amazon. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Meadowlands ---Cape Wrath". Fun Trivia. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Kent Film Office Cape Wrath Article". Kent Film Office. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes". BARB. Retrieved 7 January 2019.

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