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 ...  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
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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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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hertfordshire, England, UK See more »

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Stereo

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Black and White (some footage)

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1.78 : 1
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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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Ordinary days
6 February 2007 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

'Five Days' is billed as something special, a crime drama that consists of a series of episodes, each set on one particular day of a police enquiry. But in fact, this element of the story turns out to be rather less significant than might at first be thought, as the fact that the action in each episode is confined to 24 hours is hardly noticeable, and very little distinguishes the program from countless other crime stories. In fact one almost can't help drawing comparisons to the last 'Prime Suspect', as one of the sub-plots focuses on a single, cynical female cop approaching retirement: and it's not just the absence of Helen Mirren that makes the comparisons unfavourable. There's a lot of earnest over-emoting, manipulative music and a set of characters seemingly contrived so that each one is in some sense sympathetic, in another suspicious. And it's possible to guess the guilty party well before the end, not because of the internal dynamic of the story, but rather because of the construction of the drama as a whole: certain things must be true, to justify the way that the series focuses on certain characters at certain times. In spite of these failings, the series grew on me: by the end, I was quite gripped. But it's a sad sign that the BBC, which once made the likes of 'The Singing Detective', boasted of this of "possibly the best drama of the year": for there's little true originality on offer here, and the claim reveals a lack of ambition that is dreadfully disappointing. 'Five Days' is in fact not rubbish; but it is formulaic, and one would hope that the very best the BBC had to offer would be something a little more innovative and fresh.


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