The Stranger (British TV series)

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The Stranger
The Stranger title card.jpg
Created byHarlan Coben
Based onThe Stranger
by Harlan Coben
Directed by
  • Daniel O'Hara
  • Hannah Quinn
Starring
Opening theme"Monster"
by Walking on Cars
Composer(s)David Buckley
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Madonna Baptiste
Running time42–51 minutes
Production company(s)Red Production Company
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original release30 January 2020 (2020-01-30)
External links
Website
Production website

The Stranger is a British mystery thriller miniseries based on the Harlan Coben novel of the same title. The miniseries premiered on Netflix on 30 January 2020. Richard Armitage, Siobhan Finneran, and Jennifer Saunders star.

Premise[edit]

A mysterious stranger tells a man a secret that has a devastating impact on his seemingly perfect life.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Episode 1"Daniel O'HaraDanny Brocklehurst30 January 2020 (2020-01-30)
Family man Adam Price is approached by a woman at his son’s football match who tells him that his wife Corinne faked her pregnancy. She also tells him to get his two children DNA tested. Meanwhile, his son Thomas goes out to a party with his friends Mike and Daisy. Adam goes home and checks his bank statements for the company “Novelty Funsy”, something the stranger told him to look for. Ringing the bank when he’s unable to find out what the company is. When a decapitated alpaca is found in the morning, the police drive out to a nearby farm and talk to the farmer about her missing animal. On the way back however, they see something suspicious in the woods and investigate, finding Dante, a friend of Tom’s, lying unconscious on the ground. The bank sends Adam a list of potential websites that Novelty Funsy acts as a umbrella for, and he sees that one is a fake pregnancy website, prompting him to ask Corinne about her lies. She admits it, but doesn’t tell him why, stating that she’ll speak to him after a school event later that evening. However when Corinne doesn’t show up, it’s clear that nobody actually knows where she is.
2"Episode 2"Daniel O'HaraMick Ford30 January 2020 (2020-01-30)
Joanna’s best friend Heidi (Jennifer Saunders) is approached by the Stranger and her friend (Lily Loveless). They reveal that her daughter Kimberley (Callie Cooke) has been working as a prostitute through a website called FindYourSugarBaby.com. They have proof and pictures, and unless Heidi agrees to pay 10,000 pounds, they will release the proof and ruin her professional future. The Stranger’s reign of terror continues. Meanwhile, Adam still has no word from Corrine. Her silence is so unlike her that despite the unusual circumstances he knows something is wrong. But what could he tell the police that they wouldn’t immediately dismiss him. Corrine’s schedule says she’s doing breakfast club at school, so Adam heads that way to see if she’s there. Along the way, he gives his neighbor Doug Tripp (Shaun Dooley) a ride. Doug is also Mike’s dad and just as much of a character as he is. He talks constantly, gets into Adam’s business, and ends up belting the Boss and giving Adam a well-deserved laugh.
3"Episode 3"Daniel O'HaraKarla Crome30 January 2020 (2020-01-30)
A woman Michaela is cornered by The Stranger in an elevator while at her Hen’s party. They discuss how the woman broke up with her previous boyfriend David after he posted a sex tape of them online as revenge. The Stranger reveals the tape wasn’t posted by David, but by her current fiancé Marcus to breakup her and David's relationship. The police arrive at Adam’s home looking to speak with Corrine about money being stolen from their sons football team. With still no word from Corrine, Adam questions whether these allegations might be true. The police question Mike concerning the alpaca head and the gathering the night Dante was injured. The police visit Dante’s house to look for clues and find photos of Daisy stuck to his wall. On his computer they find homemade videos spying on Corrine, Mrs Price, at her home, the school and at football games. Daisy confesses to Tom that she was the one who spiked Mike’s drink as revenge for putting nude photos of her little sister online. Adam continues to look into leads surrounding Corrine’s whereabouts where he discovers links between his wife and what seems to be yet another victim of the Stranger.
4"Episode 4"Hannah QuinnDanny Brocklehurst30 January 2020 (2020-01-30)
5"Episode 5"Hannah QuinnCharlotte Coben30 January 2020 (2020-01-30)
6"Episode 6"Hannah QuinnMick Ford30 January 2020 (2020-01-30)
7"Episode 7"Daniel O'HaraDanny Brocklehurst30 January 2020 (2020-01-30)
8"Episode 8"Daniel O'HaraDanny Brocklehurst30 January 2020 (2020-01-30)

Production[edit]

It was announced in January 2019 that Netflix had begun development of a miniseries based on the Harlan Coben novel, with the adaptation being written by Danny Brocklehurst and with Richard Armitage set to star.[1] By March, the cast was rounded out, with the additions including Siobhan Finneran, Hannah John-Kamen, Jennifer Saunders, Anthony Head and Stephen Rea.[2]

Filming[edit]

Filming began in March 2019, taking place in Manchester.[3] Scenes were shot in Bury and Bolton in April,[4] and in Stockport in June.[5]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 91% approval rating for the miniseries with an average rating of 6.25/10, based on 11 reviews. The website's critical consensus states, "If not quite as addicting as its source material, The Stranger has a strong cast and enough tension to keep viewers on the edge of their seats."[6] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 62 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ White, Peter (January 28, 2019). "Richard Armitage To Star In Netflix Thriller 'The Stranger' With Harlan Coben & 'Safe' Team". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 17, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  2. ^ White, Peter (March 5, 2019). "'Happy Valley's Siobhan Finneran & 'Ready Player One's Hannah John-Kamen Join Netflix's 'The Stranger'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 18, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  3. ^ Griffin, Susan (March 6, 2019). "Filming starts in Manchester on new Netflix drama The Stranger". ilovemanchester. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  4. ^ Molloy, Tom (April 11, 2019). "Upcoming Netflix series The Stranger filming in Bolton". The Bolton News. Archived from the original on September 29, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "New Netflix Drama 'The Stranger' will be Filming in Stockport Tomorrow". Edward Mellor Estate Agents Ltd. June 27, 2019. Archived from the original on September 29, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  6. ^ "The Stranger: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  7. ^ "The Stranger: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved February 2, 2020.

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