A family’s desire for a fresh start unravels when their lodger's true identity is revealed, sparking a perilous journey to uncover dark family secrets and the cost of maternal love.

The Cuckoo follows Jessica, Nick, and their daughter, Alice, as they relocate to the countryside, hoping to leave financial struggles and family conflicts behind. Taking in a lodger for extra income, Sian charmingly befriends Jessica and Alice, gaining their trust while raising Nick's suspicions.

Dark family secrets surface when Alice discovers the long-hidden truth of her adoption, with Sian revealed as her birth mother. Distraught, Alice runs away with Sian but soon Sian's erratic behaviour begins to frighten her while Jessica and Nick uncover Sian's troubled past.

Jessica and Nick track down the pair, where Jessica fights fiercely to save her child. However, as Alice is returned to her arms, Sian disappears. The family are left scarred but united.

The Cuckoo stars Jill Halfpenny (The Holiday, Waterloo Road), Lee Ingleby (Inspector George Gently, The Long Shadow), Clare Goose (The Coroner) and Freya Hannan-Mills (Whitstable Pearl).

"Hot TV this week." WHAT'S ON TV
"Nail-biting." TV TIMES
"Pick of the week. The house guest from hell moves in." TOTAL TV GUIDE
"Very bingeable." THE SUN
"If you devour thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this suspense-filled four-parter will be right up your street." THE SUN
"Enjoyable... menacing drama." THE SUN
"Critic's choice." THE SUNDAY TIMES
"The week's top TV." SUNDAY EXPRESS
"Edgy new thriller." RADIO TIMES
"Top pick for this week's TV." THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
"Pick of the week." INSIDE TV
"Dark and twisted drama." INSIDE TV
"Tense new drama series." INSIDE TV
"Gripping." DAILY STAR
"Hot TV choice." DAILY STAR
"TV's hot list. Best psychological thriller." DAILY MAIL
"This week's highlights." CLOSER
"Today's top pick." SKY TV
"Best week night drama on TV." THE I
"Channel 5's slick family thriller hooks from the start with expert pacing and tantalising clues." THE I
**** [Four stars] THE I
"A nicely creepy watch." DAILY TELEGRAPH
"Pick of the week." DAILY MAIL WEEKEND
"Pick of the day." THE TIMES
"Pick of the day." THE GUARDIAN
"Pick of the day." RADIO TIMES
"Pick of the day." HEAT MAGAZINE
"A juicy new thriller." DAILY EXPRESS
“You’ll be dying to know what happens next." THE SUN
"Tense four-part thriller hits the ground running." DAILY TELEGRAPH
**** [Four Stars] HEAT MAGAZINE
**** [Four Stars] TV TIMES


Scripted / Drama


4 x one hour


Channel 5






Barunka O’Shaughnessy


Jill Halfpenny, Lee Ingleby, Clare Goose, Freya Hannan-Mills

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