Maryland kicked off on Monday evening on ITV1 with a stellar cast including the likes of Suranne Jones, Eve Best and Stockard Channing. The three-part series, which is available to watch in full on ITVX now, tells the story of two sisters, Becca and Roseline, who arrive on the Isle of Man following the sudden death of their mother.
Arriving at a place they've never been while struggling with their grief, the two sisters work hard to rebuild their relationship and get to the bottom of what really happened.
The first episode clearly went down well with viewers, as many took to social media to give their verdict and it seems they were in agreement that Suranne gave a brilliant performance.
One person wrote: "There's nothing I love more than watching an artist smash their art! Suranne Jones is one of the best honestly, she always blows my mind #Maryland." A second agreed, tweeting: "Love seeing Suranne in a more vulnerable type role! We all know she smashes the power-woman… it's a hell yes from me so far #Maryland."
A third echoed this, but also praised the cast as a whole: "Really enjoyed #Maryland. Brilliantly captured performances from Suranne Jones and Eve Best. Loved the mystery of it all - layer upon layer."
A fourth added: "First episode of #Maryland watched... ok I'm hooked... what a fantastic cast and production. I'm intrigued and will probably binge the lot!! Excellent drama!" as a fifth commented: "Wow, Suranne is giving. Didn't help that I know how much this story means to her #Maryland."
Suranne and Eve arrive on the Isle of Man to visit their father, Richard (George Costigan), after the body of their mother is suddenly discovered. The sisters, who are somewhat estranged, have no idea why their mother was there and what happened and seek to uncover the truth about the death.
As the synopsis explains, they arrive in a place they have never been before "and with no idea why their mother was there, the sisters begin to unravel the long-held secrets of a woman they thought they knew, whilst keeping their own secrets from each other."
"Confined on the island and forced to face the life-changing consequences of their mother's decisions, can Becca and Rosaline learn to love and respect one another all over again?"
Suranne, who not only stars in the show but helped create it, recently opened up about how the story relates to her own experience of grief after losing both of her parents.
In an interview with The Sun, she explained: "It's no secret that I've lost both of my parents, so obviously I know grief and that was a huge part of our conversations and what that does to someone.
"It's either going to come or people have experienced it, and this show doesn't deal with it quickly, it deals with it over three episodes, the stages of grief. There's humour in it and it's not an easy, straightforward ride. You don't get a blueprint of how you're going to feel."
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