David Tennant is one of my favorite British actors. I mean, who doesn’t love him? He’s brilliant! And thanks to Acorn TV, those of us in North America can watch him in the powerful mini-series, DEADWATER FELL. This four-part suspenseful mystery attracted strong ratings from UK’s Channel 4 during the course of its run last month, as well as very positive reviews. New episodes will premiere weekly on AMC Networks’ Acorn TV, beginning April 6, every Monday through April 27.
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When a seemingly perfect and happy family is murdered by someone they know and trust, the small Scottish community they call home becomes riven with doubt and suspicion. Those closest to the family begin to question everything they thought they knew about their friends…
Praise for Deadwater Fell
“The new Broadchurch…but more irresistible… moving, compelling crime drama” –The Guardian
“Complex and fascinating mystery… tightly written piece of television… anchored by terrific performances” –Radio Times
“Noir crime drama at its chilly best” – The Daily Mail
“Heart-stopper…Part relationship drama, part murder whodunit and with an air of Big Little Lies, brace yourselves” – Daily Mirror
“David Tennant gets to fully flex his acting-chops in this slow burning thriller from Daisy Coulam”-The Observer
About the cast, crew and story
In the latest of intense, acclaimed mystery dramas from Acorn TV, BAFTA and NTA award-winning actor David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Good Omens) and award-winning actress Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight, The Good Wife, Vera) lead a stellar ensemble cast in the darkly gripping British series DEADWATER FELL.
Created and written by Daisy Coulam (Grantchester, Humans) and directed by Lynsey Miller (The Boy with the Topknot, Eve) this four-part psychological mystery drama explores the cause and aftermath of a horrific crime in a small Scottish community.
As much as it reveals the origins and outcome of the violent, unthinkable tragedy in the fictional Scottish village of Kirkdarroch, DEADWATER FELL is equally a captivating forensic dissection of two relationships: trusted general physician Tom Kendrick (Tennant) and his beloved local primary school teacher wife Kate (Anna Madeley, Patrick Melrose, The Crown, Utopia), and school teacher Jess Milner (Jumbo) and police sergeant Steve Campbell (Matthew McNulty, Versailles, Cleaning Up, The Terror).
Dr. Kendrick (Tennant) is a trusted, admired and much-liked member of the community. He is a doting father to three little girls. Furthermore, he’s a seemingly loving husband whose marriage to Kate (Madeley) appears nothing short of perfect. But in one night the illusions of happiness and contentment are shattered. The community is drawn to Kate and Tom’s home in the forest by the flicker of flames and the smell of smoke.
Amid the confusion, Kate and her children are found dead. Tom, found unconscious in his bed, is rushed to the hospital. As more suspicious details of that night emerge, Jess – who was Kate’s best friend and closest confidante – becomes desperate to understand what could have caused such a tragedy. What secrets lie at the root of this terrible act?
Filmed entirely on location in picturesque Scotland, DEADWATER FELL examines in unflinching detail the nature of female friendship and the harmful, entrenched gender stereotypes and conformity that can lead to the most devastating consequences. Laying bare the fragility of trust and the corrosive nature of lies, the series demonstrates that even the closest of friends all have their secrets.
Mini no spoilers review of Deadwater Fell
Though my review is for the entire four episode series, you won’t see spoilers here!
The actors playing the characters in DEADWATER FELL take their roles on completely. Jess, Kate, Tom, and Steve go through such a huge range of emotions throughout the series, and the actors who play them are phenomenal. You’ll be convinced that they ARE the character, and that you’re watching real life.
You’ll be sucked into this story in the first few minutes of watching! Believe me, you’re going to be on the edge of your seats. If you want to binge this, you’re gonna have to wait until after April 27, but don’t! Let yourself wonder from Monday to Monday. When the series wraps up, you’ll be glad you waited. It’s worth the cliff hangers from episode to episode.
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