TV Review: The Cry
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Following the likes of Bodyguard and Killing Eve, this female-driven BBC drama is no exception to the sequence of sensational series lighting up the small screen. Starring Jenna Coleman of Doctor Who fame, The Cry has to be one of the best mini-series I have ever had the joy to watch. Adapted from Helen FitzGerald’s novel of the same name, it explores the story of a grieving couple, Joanna and Alistair, who lose their first child together whilst on a trip to Australia.
Image courtesy of the BBCThey are in the country to fight for the custody of Alistair’s child Chloe, whom he had with his previous wife, Alexandra (Asher Keddie). We are then taken on a messy journey of discovering the truth, where the viewer constantly questions what’s real and what’s not, and who we can trust in this tragedy. With the conclusion airing on Sunday night, it’s a surprise that its popularity hasn’t soared as high as other primetime dramas. The BBC drama spot was left open after the ending of Bodyguard and with the Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes 8-parter being the BBC’s most watched drama since 2008, it’s no exaggeration to say that The Cry had big shoes to fill. However, it’s clear that the shoes were not only filled, but were proven to be too small for this fantastic series. Upon reflection of Perske’s adaption, it’s hard to find a flaw. It authentically represents the glamour-less realities of motherhood, grief, marriage while maintaining its entertainment value. It lacked comic relief (it would be somewhat inappropriate to include it in such a series), yet its glumness worked. The resolution was satisfying, yet surprising, balancing perfectly between being a realistic ending and not being entirely obvious. Flipping between different time periods without warning, such as a court case, when the couple met and after the disappearance, may have added confusion for some. But it was the perfect technique to drip-feed the audience information without drowning us in it.
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