Keeley Hawes' new TV role sounds superb

Jen Crothers
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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images
Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

Keeley Hawes' new TV role has just been announced - she's set to star in supernatural thriller The Midwich Cuckoos.

She'll play a psychotherapist looking for answers when the women of a commuter town inexplicably fall pregnant following a mass blackout. Max Beesley (The Outsider, Bodies) will play DCI Paul Kirby, investigating the case.

It's a modern-day reimagining of the classic science fiction novel by John Wyndham, and begins production in May. The series is set to air in 2022 on Sky and NOW TV.

The Midwich Cuckoo been adapted for television by one of team behind Spooks and The Night Manager, esteemed director and writer David Farr.

Here's everything we know about the series so far...

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The Midwich Cuckoos: What's it about?

According to a synopsis of the series, "Midwich, a small English commuter town, is liberal and aspirational, populated by nuclear families and affluent high streets. A place where nothing much happens – and for a very good reason.

"That is until the twilight hours of a summer’s day when a sleepy corner of Midwich is plunged into panic. People pass out on their feet without warning, without reason. Anyone who tries to enter meets the same fate. And nobody can understand why.

"When the mysterious blackout is lifted, life for those affected returns to apparent normality - except every woman of child-bearing age inside the zone has suddenly and inexplicably fallen pregnant.

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"As news spreads and tensions simmer, it is up to gifted psychotherapist Dr Susannah Zellaby (Hawes) to help support those affected through the emotional wilderness. Susannah’s own daughter, Cassie, has fallen pregnant and harbours deep concerns about who, or what, is behind this phenomenon.

"Local officer DCI Paul Kirby (Beesley) is tasked with maintaining order but unbeknownst to them all, a terrifying force is building in the comfortable streets of Midwich. These children – potential parasites - flourish under the very love and care that their families give them. Who are these children? And what do they want?"

The Midwich Cuckoos: Who's in it?

As well as Keeley and Max in the lead roles, other cast includes Synnøve Karlsen (Last Night In Soho, Clique), Aisling Loftus (A Discovery of Witches), Lewis Reeves (I May Destroy You), Ukweli Roach (Blindspot), Lara Rossi (Robin Hood), Lewis Reeves (I May Destroy You), Rebekah Staton (Raised by Wolves) and Anneika Rose (Line of Duty).

"I'm absolutely delighted to be working with Sky and the brilliant Ruth Kenley-Letts on David Farr’s superb adaptation of The Midwich Cuckoos," says Keeley.

"I’m very much looking forward to working with the hugely talented Max Beesley and the amazing cast and I can’t wait to enter the strange and unsettling world of Midwich!"

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