The Cry (2018 TV series)

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The Cry
Genre Mystery
Based on The Cry
by Helen FitzGerald
Written by Jacquelin Perske
Directed by Glendyn Ivin
Country of origin
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 3 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Claire Mundell
  • Elizabeth Kilgarriff
  • Gaynor Holmes
  • Brian Kaczynski
  • Stuart Menzies
Cinematography Sam Chiplin
Editor(s) Alastair Reid
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Synchronicity Films
Distributor DRG
Original network BBC One
Picture format 16:9 (4k)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 30 September 2018 (2018-09-30) – present (present)

The Cry is a four-part British television mystery drama series, written by Jacquelin Perske and adapted from the novel of the same name by Helen FitzGerald, that first began broadcasting on BBC One on 30 September 2018. The series stars Jenna Coleman as Joanna Lindsay, a schoolteacher whose four-month old baby Noah disappears whilst she and her husband Alastair (Ewen Leslie) are visiting family in Australia. The series was directed by Glendyn Ivin and produced by Synchronicity Films.


Joanna and Alistair are young parents who travel from Scotland to a town in Australia, to visit family and fight for custody of the husband's daughter, Chloe, against his Australian ex-wife, Alexandra. On the drive from Melbourne to Geelong, their baby son Noah goes missing on a lonely roadside.[1] In the aftermath of the tragedy, under public scrutiny, their marriage collapses and her psychological state disintegrates.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]


No.EpisodeDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [4]
1Episode 1Glendyn IvinJacquelin Perske30 September 2018 (2018-09-30)7.53
During a shrink,[clarification needed] schoolteacher Joanna Lindsay begins to recount her life as a troubled parent and wife via flashbacks. In one of these flashbacks, her Australian husband, Alistair, receives word that is ex-wife is preparing a custody battle over his teenage daughter Chloe. Reluctantly, Joanna decides to come with him as well as bringing their infant son Noah. While on a route flight to Australia, Joanna lashes out at a passenger when complaints of Noah’s crying goes to far. After letting off steam, Alistair and Joanna continue their journey. They soon stop at a shop as Alistair goes to buy supplies with Joanna following him in to. The couple return to the car only to find out that Noah has mysteriously disappeared.
2Episode 2Glendyn IvinJacquelin Perske7 October 2018 (2018-10-07)TBD
3Episode 3Glendyn IvinJacquelin Perske14 October 2018 (2018-10-14)TBD
4Episode 4[5]Glendyn IvinJacquelin Perske21 October 2018 (2018-10-21)TBD


The Cry is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Helen FitzGerald. The series is produced by Synchronicity Films, directed by Glendyn Ivin and written for television by Jacquelin Perske.[6]

Filming for the series commenced in February 2018,[7][8] initially taking place in Australia.[7] Filming later moved to Scotland in April 2018.[9] Jenna Coleman, who portrays Joanna in the lead role, completed filming for the series in Australia and Glasgow in May 2018, so that production on the third series of Victoria could commence.[6]


The Cry will comprise four episodes[10] and premiered in the UK on BBC One on 30 September 2018.[6] The series is set to air in Australia on ABC in late 2018.[8]


  1. ^ "Book review:The Cry, by Helen FitzGerald". Independent. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Asher Keddie cast in ABC-BBC drama". TV Tonight. 17 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Bley Griffiths, Eleanor (25 September 2018). "Meet the cast of Jenna Coleman drama The Cry". Radio Times. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Four-screen dashboard". BARB.
  5. ^ "The Cry – Series 1 – Episode 4". Radio Times. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Bley Griffiths, Eleanor (25 September 2018). "When is Jenna Coleman's child abduction thriller The Cry coming to TV?". Radio Times. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b "First look at Jenna Coleman in BBC One's The Cry and further casting". BBC. 20 February 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b Kentera, Yasmin (26 February 2018). "Australia's finest join the cast of new drama The Cry". ABC. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  9. ^ O'Neill, Christina (3 April 2018). "Jenna Coleman to begin filming new psychological drama in the west end". Glasgow Live. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  10. ^ Ling, Thomas (15 September 2018). "BBC1 unveils first chilling trailer for Jenna Coleman thriller The Cry". Radio Times. Retrieved 25 September 2018.

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