Deadwater Fell

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Deadwater Fell
Deadwater Fell.jpg
GenreCrime drama
Created byDaisy Coulam
Written byDaisy Coulam
Directed byLynsey Miller
Starring
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes1
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Scotland
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Kudos
DistributorChannel 4
Endemol Shine International
Release
Original networkChannel 4
First shown inUnited Kingdom
External links
Website

Deadwater Fell is a four-part British drama television miniseries written and created by Daisy Coulam.[1] It stars David Tennant as a Scottish doctor whose wife and three young children are murdered in a fire.[2] It premiered 10 January 2020 on Channel 4.[3]

Premise[edit]

Tragedy strikes in a remote Scottish village when a fire rages out of control at the Kendrick home, killing a mother and her three young children. Only the father, the village doctor, is pulled out alive, but all five were drugged. Investigators search for a motive as they discover this seemingly ideal family was far from happy.[2]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Channel 4 commissioned the four-part series in January 2019. It was produced by Kudos, part of the Endemol Shine Group.[5] David Tennant and Cush Jumbo were announced as the leads in June, with Matthew McNulty cast as well. Tennant is also an executive producer.[6]

Filming began in June 2019 in Dunlop, Ayrshire, which stood in for the fictional village of Kirkdarroch. Other filming locations included Culzean Country Park; Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire;[7] Irvine Beach in Irvine, North Ayrshire; and The Low Green Park in Ayr.[8] It was directed by Lynsey Miller of Kilwinning, Ayrshire.[9]

Episodes[edit]

No.Directed by [6]Written byOriginal air dateU.K viewers
(millions)
1Lynsey MillerDaisy Coulam10 January 2020 (2020-01-10)TBD
In the peaceful Scottish village of Kirkdarroch, fire breaks out one night at the home of Tom and Kate Kendrick. Their friends and neighbours, Jess Milner and police sergeant Steve, raise the alarm. Steve drags out Kate, who is already dead, but the three Kendrick children are padlocked in a room. Only Tom, the village GP, is pulled out unconscious but survives. It's discovered that all five were drugged before the fire and one of the girls had pine needles on her. CCTV shows Kate buying the padlock. It quickly emerges that the family was not as happy as it seemed. Kate was on antidepressants and had recently flipped her car while driving Jess and the children, and Jess and Tom were having an affair.
2Lynsey MillerDaisy Coulam17 January 2020 (2020-01-17)TBD
3Lynsey MillerDaisy Coulam24 January 2020 (2020-01-24)TBD
4Lynsey MillerDaisy Coulam31 January 2020 (2020-01-31)TBD

Reception[edit]

The first episode of Deadwater Fell received positive reviews from critics. David Craig of Radio Times gave it four out of five stars, calling it a "complex and fascinating mystery." He praised screenwriter Daisy Coulum for fleshing out the characters, particularly Kate Kendrick (Anna Madeley), who is killed in the first episode: "While Deadwater Fell might initially sound like another case of 'disposable woman' in the crime genre, writer Daisy Coulam deserves recognition for elevating the character of Kate above such a trope."[10]

Lucy Mangan of The Guardian likewise rated it four out of five stars, comparing it positively to Broadchurch: "Whether it will catch the public imagination like Broadchurch did is anybody's guess. It feels far more solidly engineered, easily as convincing in its portrait of a small community suddenly shattered by an awful event, and it elicits more emotional investment from the off. I'm finding it an irresistible treat, but these things are essentially alchemical and unpredictable. Broadchurch with freckles – think of it like that if it'll help. Come on in; the Deadwater's lovely."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deadwater Fell: Interview with Writer and Creator, Daisy Coulam". Channel 4. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Mangan, Lucy (10 January 2020). "Deadwater Fell review – it's the new Broadchurch ... but more irresistible". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  3. ^ Carr, Flora (10 January 2020). "When is Channel 4's Deadwater Fell starring David Tennant on TV?". Radio Times. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Craig, David (10 January 2020). "Meet the cast of Channel 4 drama Deadwater Fell". Radio Times. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Channel 4 commissions Deadwater Fell (w/t)". Channel 4. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  6. ^ a b Clarke, Stewart (5 June 2019). "David Tennant, Cush Jumbo Join Channel 4 Drama 'Deadwater Fell'". Variety. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  7. ^ Greig, Finlay (3 January 2020). "Deadwater Fell: release date, cast and trailer for new David Tennant crime drama on Channel 4". The Scotsman. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  8. ^ Hamilton, Andy (9 January 2020). "Former Kilwinning Academy pupil directs David Tennant in Channel 4 drama". Irvine Times. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  9. ^ Dunn, Ross (9 January 2020). "Ayrshire to provide backdrop for new murder drama starring David Tennant". Daily Record. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  10. ^ Craig, David (10 January 2020). "Review: Dark Channel 4 drama Deadwater Fell packs an emotional punch". Radio Times. Retrieved 11 January 2020.

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