A five-part miniseries that revolves around the disappearance of a young mother in a quiet British suburb and the circumstances that leave her children abandoned far from home.
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 PC Laurie Franklin (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Ethan Wellings (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Tops (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Matt Wellings (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Luke Craig (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Jen Mason (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Rosie Wellings (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Barbara Poole / ... (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Sarah Wheeler (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Nusrat Preston (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Gerard Hopkirk (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Danny Preston (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Nick Durden (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Tanya Wellings (5 episodes, 2007)
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 DC Stephen Beam (5 episodes, 2007)
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 DS Amy Foster (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Francis Cross (5 episodes, 2007)
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 DSI Iain Barclay (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Kyle Betts (5 episodes, 2007)
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 PC Simone Farnes (5 episodes, 2007)
Margot Leicester ...
 Hazel Betts (5 episodes, 2007)
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 John Poole (5 episodes, 2007)
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 PC Natalie Cryer (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Victor Marsham (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Sgt Don Parker / ... (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Ibra Akram (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Danielle Miller (5 episodes, 2007)
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 Colly Trent (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Pat Dowling (5 episodes, 2010)
Kamal Kaan ...
 Farid Sardar (4 episodes, 2010)
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 DI Mal Craig (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Supt James Carpenter (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Josh Fairley (4 episodes, 2007)
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 Emma Opie (4 episodes, 2007)
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 Khalil / ... (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Gary Machin (4 episodes, 2007)
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 Maureen Hardy (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Jamal Matthews (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Didi Mputu (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Rawdon Hull (4 episodes, 2007)
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 DC Nawaz (4 episodes, 2007)
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 Sohel Hussain (4 episodes, 2010)
Bradley Johnson ...
 Ross Dwyer (3 episodes, 2010)
Paul Wyett ...
 DC Kevin Cunliffe (3 episodes, 2010)
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 PC Paul Tait (3 episodes, 2010)
Jodie McEnery ...
 Kimberley Briggs (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Jane Craig (3 episodes, 2010)
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Fabienne Clark ...
 Gemma Durden (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Dr. Adel Haydar (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Mic Danes (3 episodes, 2007)
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 Daf Parry (3 episodes, 2007)
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 Dr. Tobolska / ... (3 episodes, 2007)
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 ACC Jenny Griffin (3 episodes, 2007)
Ash Tandon ...
 Mohammed Hassan / ... (2 episodes, 2010)
Christine Tremarco ...
 Leanne Wellings (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Jaime (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Rowan Porter (2 episodes, 2010)
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 DC Bilal Choudry (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Sally Smale (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Amira Ahmed (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Felicity Green (2 episodes, 2010)
David Doyle ...
 Petrol Attendant (2 episodes, 2007)
June Broughton ...
 Pearl Gladwin (2 episodes, 2010)
Patrick O'Kane ...
 DI Laverty (2 episodes, 2007)
Lauren Taylor ...
 Stylist (2 episodes, 2007)
Nichola Dame Hartwell ...
 Older Stylist (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Consultant (2 episodes, 2007-2010)
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The story begins one hot summers day when Leanne Wellings is taking her two young children to visit her grandfather. She stops to buy flowers at a motorway lay-by but then inexplicably vanishes -- leaving her two small children waiting for her in her car -- lost and far from home. Her two small children then set off to find her only to go missing themselves. Their ordeal is captured on CCTV cameras and before long the family's heart-stopping trauma is not only a complex police investigation but a major national news story. Written by Anonymous

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A few scenes, including the ending, are being re-shot for the US release. See more »

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In the scene where Hugh Bonneville checks out the VW transporter van, the production office vehicle and livery, plus the silver Mercedes sound van and sound engineer are clearly visible. See more »

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Dead or alive
26 October 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Gripping thriller concerning a mother who disappears from the roadside after stopping to buy flowers en route to see her wheelchair bound grandfather (Woodward). Her two small children are left by the roadside, and themselves become missing persons when they set out to find their mother. Father (Oyelowo) leads the hunt for his missing family in the hope that some, if not all, will be found alive before it's too late.

There's a lot of detail as you'd imagine in such a long mini-series, but the forensic analysis and character development makes for compelling viewing, never laboured and certainly not time-bound. While the cast may be mostly unfamiliar, they each seem to be on the same page narratively, displaying a unique angle from which to elaborate on their perspective of the mystery. Apart from Woodward (whose character is largely extraneous to the plot), only Patrick Malahide, Bernard Hill and Pene Wilton were recognisable, although Sarah Smart leaves an impression as the concerned but somewhat vulnerable nanny with whom Oyelowo becomes involved in a complex, but at times suspicious arrangement.

"Five Days" documents each day in the increasingly desperate hunt for the missing trio, a reflection of the kind of urban mystery that happens from time-to-time in real life. Like most British police shows, there's a highly procedural and forensic method of storytelling with which you'll either be comfortable, or find irritating if you're used to the more exaggerated spectacle of American cop shows. Tense, addictive and highly recommended.


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