A five-part mini-series 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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Series cast summary:
Suranne Jones ...  PC Laurie Franklin 5 episodes, 2010
Lee Massey Lee Massey ...  Ethan Wellings 5 episodes, 2007
Michelle Bonnard ...  Tops 5 episodes, 2007
David Oyelowo ...  Matt Wellings 5 episodes, 2007
Luke Hudson Luke Hudson ...  Luke Craig 5 episodes, 2010
Anne Reid ...  Jen Mason 5 episodes, 2010
Tyler Anthony ...  Rosie Wellings 5 episodes, 2007
Penelope Wilton ...  Barbara Poole 5 episodes, 2007
Sarah Smart ...  Sarah Wheeler 5 episodes, 2007
Shivani Ghai ...  Nusrat Preston 5 episodes, 2010
Bernard Hill ...  Gerard Hopkirk 5 episodes, 2010
Matthew McNulty ...  Danny Preston 5 episodes, 2010
Derek Riddell ...  Nick Durden 5 episodes, 2010
Lucinda Dryzek ...  Tanya Wellings 5 episodes, 2007
Charlie Creed-Miles ...  DC Stephen Beam 5 episodes, 2007
Janet McTeer ...  DS Amy Foster 5 episodes, 2007
Jason Watkins ...  Francis Cross 5 episodes, 2007
Hugh Bonneville ...  DSI Iain Barclay 5 episodes, 2007
Rory Kinnear ...  Kyle Betts 5 episodes, 2007
Nikki Amuka-Bird ...  PC Simone Farnes 5 episodes, 2007
Margot Leicester Margot Leicester ...  Hazel Betts 5 episodes, 2007
Patrick Malahide ...  John Poole 5 episodes, 2007
Samantha Robinson Samantha Robinson ...  PC Natalie Cryer 5 episodes, 2010
Edward Woodward ...  Victor Marsham 5 episodes, 2007
Shaun Dooley ...  Sgt Don Parker / ... 5 episodes, 2010
Aaron Neil ...  Ibra Akram 5 episodes, 2010
Joanna Horton Joanna Horton ...  Danielle Miller 5 episodes, 2007
Nina Sosanya ...  Colly Trent 5 episodes, 2010
Steve Evets ...  Pat Dowling 5 episodes, 2010
Kamal Kaan Kamal Kaan ...  Farid Sardar 4 episodes, 2010
David Morrissey ...  DI Mal Craig 4 episodes, 2010
Hugo Speer ...  Supt James Carpenter 4 episodes, 2010
Al Weaver ...  Josh Fairley 4 episodes, 2007
Caroline Martin Caroline Martin ...  Emma Opie 4 episodes, 2007
Sacha Dhawan ...  Khalil / ... 4 episodes, 2010
Doug Allen ...  Gary Machin 4 episodes, 2007
Pooky Quesnel ...  Maureen Hardy 4 episodes, 2010
Ashley Walters ...  Jamal Matthews 4 episodes, 2010
Cornell John ...  Didi Mputu 4 episodes, 2010
Vincent Franklin ...  Rawdon Hull 4 episodes, 2007
San Shella ...  DC Nawaz 4 episodes, 2007
Zaid Munir ...  Sohel Hussain 4 episodes, 2010
Bradley Johnson Bradley Johnson ...  Ross Dwyer 3 episodes, 2010
Paul Wyett Paul Wyett ...  DC Kevin Cunliffe 3 episodes, 2010
Chris Fountain ...  PC Paul Tait 3 episodes, 2010
Jodie McEnery Jodie McEnery ...  Kimberley Briggs 3 episodes, 2010
Susan Cookson Susan Cookson ...  Jane Craig 3 episodes, 2010
Kerry Condon ...  Sister Siobhan Doole / ... 3 episodes, 2010
Fabienne Clark Fabienne Clark ...  Gemma Durden 3 episodes, 2010
Philip Arditti ...  Dr. Adel Haydar 3 episodes, 2010
Phil Davis ...  Mic Danes 3 episodes, 2007
Richard Harrington ...  Daf Parry 3 episodes, 2007
Ruth Gemmell ...  Dr. Tobolska / ... 3 episodes, 2007
Harriet Walter ...  ACC Jenny Griffin 3 episodes, 2007
Ash Tandon Ash Tandon ...  Mohammed Hassan / ... 2 episodes, 2010
Christine Tremarco Christine Tremarco ...  Leanne Wellings 2 episodes, 2007
Charlotte Spencer ...  Jaime 2 episodes, 2007
Katie Griffiths ...  Rowan Porter 2 episodes, 2010
Navin Chowdhry ...  DC Bilal Choudry 2 episodes, 2010
Christopher Fairbank ...  DS Curling / ... 2 episodes, 2007
Yvonne Mellor Yvonne Mellor ...  Sally Smale 2 episodes, 2010
Fiona Wade ...  Amira Ahmed 2 episodes, 2010
Olwen May ...  Felicity Green 2 episodes, 2010
David Doyle David Doyle ...  Petrol Attendant 2 episodes, 2007
June Broughton June Broughton ...  Pearl Gladwin 2 episodes, 2010
Patrick O'Kane ...  DI Laverty 2 episodes, 2007
Lauren Taylor Lauren Taylor ...  Stylist 2 episodes, 2007
Nichola Dame Hartwell Nichola Dame Hartwell ...  Older Stylist 2 episodes, 2007
Ian Champion ...  Consultant 2 episodes, 2007-2010


The story begins one hot summer's 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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Release Date:

2 October 2007 (USA) See more »

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Cinco días See more »

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Hertfordshire, England, UK See more »

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Black and White (some footage)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Suranne Jones (PC Laurie Franklin) & Matthew McNulty (Danny Preston) also worked together on Unforgiven (2009) as Ruth Slater & Steve Whelan respectively. See more »


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 »


Featured in Five Days: Making Five Days (2007) See more »

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A very good character drama that is sadly not quite as good as an investigation
24 February 2007 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

It is the middle of the day when Leanne Wellings stops to buy flowers by the roadside on her way to see her grandfather with her children. The children are in the car when Leanne goes missing. The kids abandon the car and search for her and it is many hours before grandfather Victor calls the police. Later that night Leanne's husband Matt and his stepdaughter Tanya raise the alarm properly and a missing persons investigation is launched headed up by DSI Barclay as the family implodes with hope and worry.

Following on from the success of previous BBC/HBO crossover The State Within, this next joint effort was really pushed by the BBC, which maybe helped it get ratings but perhaps didn't help it when you look at the approach it takes across all five hours. The story is engaging but you do need to understand that it is not a cop thriller but rather a character story that is as much based on the mystery as it is on the emotional and personal impact on all those involved. I say this because I know many viewers were disappointed with this approach and I think it may have been because they assumed that the hype meant it would blow everyone away. And of course it didn't but what it did do was effortlessly draw me into the people and have me caring about everyone involved.

Thus this is one of those dramas where it is not all about the resolution as it is about the overall drama. This is a good thing because the characters are all pretty well written throughout the five selected days and they are convincingly developed or broken as we meet them each time. This worked really well for me and the cast respond well to it. Some have seemingly stock characters with things going on outside this story while others are right in the middle of the pain and loss. Oyelowo turns in yet another strong performance as the husband and his emotional range in the character is impressive, but he is far from being the whole show. Wilton and Malahide both work well together as the parents. I didn't totally think Smart made her character work and, as much as I like Amuka-Bird as an actress, I'm not sure it helped anyone to have her walking round constantly with an air of surrogate grief. Bonneville is solid while Bonnard, McTeer and others are strong. The child performances are mostly good although Dryzek is the strongest of the three and stands up very well alongside the adult cast. Woodward is good but not given as much to do as I would have hoped.

The downside of this approach though is that the actual story of the crime and the investigation is not as good as it perhaps should have been. Too often things rely on coincidence to move the case forward and I didn't like the way that many things happened while the characters are all within spitting distance of it – I appreciate the town is supposed to be small but not that small! The conclusion to the disappearances may also bug some viewers because it is in keeping with the way that it unfolded and, in my opinion, not that satisfying or convincing.

Overall then a very good character drama that is sadly not quite as good as an investigation. The cast all rise to the material and are roundly good with the script. I'm glad I watched it because I did enjoy it but it is not as perfect as some of the gushing reviews around would suggest.

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