BBC One Orders New Drama ‘Mayday’

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BBC One has ordered a new drama series titled Mayday, from writers Ben Court and Caroline Ip. The BBC has ordered five episodes for the show’s first season, with production slated to commence in early May.

Produced by Kudos Film & Television, the drama tells the story of Hattie, a young girl who goes missing on her way to the Mayday parade and how the small community in which she lives in looks to one another for answers. Brian Welsh is attached to direct, while Jane Featherstone and Polly Hill will executive produce.

Mayday stars Peter Firth (Spooks) as Malcolm, a leader in the community; Lesley Manville as Gail, Malcolm’s wife; Aidan Gillen as Everett, the single father of Linus; Max Fowler as Linus, a sensitive young man who has fallen in love with Hattie’s twin sister Caitlin; Leila Mimmack as Caitlin, Hattie’s sister who believes that Hattie has been murdered; Tom Fisher as Seth, an outcast who hides in the woods and Sam Spruell as Steve, Seth’s brother.

Speaking of Mayday, Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, said: “Ben Court and Caroline Ip have crafted a gripping thriller that takes us behind the scenes of a murder and examines the impact a devastating crime has on an ordinary neighbourhood.”

While Jane Featherstone, Executive Producer and Chief Executive of Kudos Film and Television, added: “Mayday is a highly authored serial from Ben Court and Caroline Ip which has attracted a brilliant cast and takes an original look at a familiar story. There are no police incident rooms, autopsies or crime scene investigations, instead this is about a town facing the reality that the killer is among them, one of them.”