Find out why you need to watch Channel 5’s latest drama, plus we pick out 5 other must-see miniseries that prove less is more
By Virgin TV Edit
Shutting the blinds, putting on your jogging bottoms (or just keeping them on if you haven’t removed them in months) and ploughing through a 10-season Box Set is all well and good. But sometimes dramas that are as short as they are nail-biting are what’s needed to really hit the spot.
Four-part Channel 5 thriller Intruder ticks both of those boxes, with each episode of this new drama airing on consecutive nights from 9pm on Monday 5 April.
Married couple Rebecca (No Offence’s Elaine Cassidy) and Sam (Tom Meeten, The Ghoul) live an idyllic life on the coast, but their happiness is shattered when two local teenagers break into their home. Sam ends up killing one of the intruders – and not in self-defence.
The police investigation initially sides with the couple, who claim the teen died because they were protecting themselves against violent trespassers. But Family Liaison Officer Karen Bailey (Cold Call’s Sally Lindsay) thinks there’s more to the story than meets the eye…
Bailey’s dogged investigation uncovers a web of corruption at the heart of the case, while the lives of Rebecca and Tom are turned upside down as they attempt to stick to their story. Will the truth be revealed? Or will Bailey’s determination put her at more risk than she could have ever imagined?
Intruder proves that less can definitely be more when it comes to cracking drama. With that in mind, here are five more short but sweet miniseries that are sure to hook you in from the off…
1. The Drowning
Find it in On Demand > Box Sets
Following the tragic disappearance of her young son Tom, Jodie (Jill Halfpenny, Three Girls) has struggled to rebuild her life. But when she sees a teenager who looks like an older version of him, Jodie sets out to uncover the truth. There are twists and turns aplenty in this four-part thriller, which also stars Rupert Penry-Jones (Whitechapel) and is produced by Bulletproof’s Noel Clarke.
2. It’s A Sin
Find it in Apps & Games > All 4
The best drama of 2021 so far? Quite possibly. This five-part series, which recounts how the vibrant hedonism of 1980s London was decimated by the AIDS crisis, is a poignant, vital watch. Want to find out even more about It’s A Sin? Then read our interview with writer Russell T Davies and star Olly Alexander.
3. Behind Her Eyes
Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix
Yet to watch the six-part drama that’s got everyone talking? Let us fill you in. A single mother (Grantchester’s Simona Brown) working in a psychiatrist’s office starts an affair with her boss (Tom Bateman, Beecham House). To make things even weirder, she then becomes friends with his wife (Eve Hewson, Robin Hood). To make things even weirder than that, events force her to question everything around her…
4. When They See Us
Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix
In 1989, five Black male youths were falsely prosecuted after a woman was attacked while jogging in New York’s Central Park. Created, directed and co-written by Ava DuVernay (Selma), this four-part drama brings their story – and decades-long fight for justice – to life in a way which is as relevant as ever.
Find it in Apps & Games > ITV Hub
Told over three gripping, humourous and surprisingly touching episodes, this is the incredible true story of how Major Charles Ingram (Matthew Macfadyen, Succession) worked his way to the jackpot on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in 2001, only to be accused of cheating. Directed by the legendary Stephen Frears, and with Michael Sheen (Good Omens) giving a spot-on performance as quiz host Chris Tarrant, this dazzling drama was praised across the board last year.
When is Intruder on TV?
Intruder airs on consecutive nights on Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105) at 9pm from Monday 5 April until Thursday April 8. Episodes will be available to watch after broadcast in Apps & Games > My5.
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