Fans react to Keeley Hawes' brilliant new BBC thriller Crossfire

Fans react to Keeley Hawes' brilliant new BBC thriller Crossfire

Keeley Hawes' compelling thriller Crossfire finally launched on BBC One last night (20 September), and fans mostly agreed that they were on the edge of their seats throughout episode one.

The BBC series follows Keeley's Jo, whose world is turned upside down when gunmen hell bent on revenge infiltrate the hotel she is staying at with friends and family. With the unsuspecting holidaymakers and hotel staff forced to make monumental split-second life or death decisions, the consequences will linger long after the final shots are fired.

Created and written by Louise Doughty (author of bestselling novel Apple Tree Yard), the three-parter is described by the BBC as "a story of survival and resilience, yet also one that is emotional, intimate and relatable."

Photo credit: Monica Lek - BBC
Photo credit: Monica Lek - BBC

Viewers seemed to be hooked, with many sharing their tense experience of watching episode one on Twitter.

"So tense and thrilling," one fan tweeted. "Will be watching the rest tonight. Amazing performances from the entire cast."

Another added: "Just watched, and thoroughly enjoyed, all three episodes. Particularly enjoyed Hawes’ narrative which offered reflections throughout. Acting, characterisation, plot plus beautiful photography. Top notch drama."

Some fans also made a Line of Duty connection too. Keeley played Lindsay Denton in series 2 and 3 of the BBC police procedural, a former Detective Inspector-turned AC-12's prime suspect. Lee Ingleby, who plays Jo's husband in Crossfire, played troubled lawyer Nick Huntley, husband to bent copper Roz Huntley, played by Thandiwe Newton.

Keeley recently compared her role as Jo in Crossfire to her part as ambitious Home Secretary Julia Montague in Jed Mercurio's hit BBC One thriller Bodyguard.

"I've been asked, 'How does this differ from other action-based pieces that you've done?' Well, it's the only one where I haven't been passive," she told recently said at a press conference. "So something like Bodyguard, it's an action thriller, but I wasn't part of that action.

"So that was very exciting [on Crossfire] and very telling about the way that things have been."

Crossfire continues on Tuesdays on BBC One. All episodes are now available on BBC iPlayer.

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