Rave reviews for first instalment of BBC One drama, The Cry

Last night, the first episode of new psychological drama, The Cry aired on BBC One, taking the Sunday-night slot of the highly successful Bodyguard.

Produced by Synchronicity Films, the four-part series follows the turbulent life of new mother, Joanna (Jenna Coleman) after her baby son goes missing when she and her husband, Alistair (Ewen Leslie) travel from Glasgow to Australia in a bid to gain custody of Alistair’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Chloe.

The Cry Twitter hashtag quickly generated a flurry of speculation and questioning about who could be responsible for kidnapping baby Noah, with many applauding Jenna Coleman’s moving performance as a new mum under pressure.

Close Up of an upset Jenna Coleman in The Cry

“Jenna Coleman shines as an unravelling new mother” The Independent give four stars to The Cry’s first episode, as they praise the depiction of parenthood in the thriller. The Guardian also give it four stars, calling The Cry “a baby-snatching drama that promises to be a worthy rival to Bodyguard.”

With another two four-star reviews, The Times say The Cry displays a “screaming agony of a parent’s worst nightmare”, while The i call it “a slick psychological drama to fill the gap left by Bodyguard… very different yet equally intriguing.”  

More praise for Jenna Coleman, The Daily Telegraph say she “shines” in an “intense study of early motherhood.”

The Cry was adapted from Helen Fitzgerald’s novel and filmed in and around Glasgow and Melbourne, receiving funding support from Creative Scotland and Film Victoria.

The next episode of The Cry airs on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One. If you missed the first episode, catch up here on BBC iPlayer.