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The Moorside 

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A two-part drama about the search for missing Yorkshire schoolgirl Shannon Matthews in 2008.




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Series cast summary:
Sheridan Smith ...  Julie Bushby 2 episodes, 2017
Sian Brooke ...  Natalie Brown 2 episodes, 2017
Faye McKeever ...  Petra Jamieson 2 episodes, 2017
John Dagleish ...  'Scouse' Pete Brown 2 episodes, 2017
Gemma Whelan ...  Karen Matthews 2 episodes, 2017
Siobhan Finneran ...  DC Christine Freeman 2 episodes, 2017
Steve Oram ...  DC Alex Grummitt 2 episodes, 2017
Dean Andrews ...  PC Steve 'Kinchie' Kinchin 2 episodes, 2017
William Hunt William Hunt ...  Peter Bushby 2 episodes, 2017
Sally Carr Sally Carr ...  Sheryl 2 episodes, 2017
Tom Hanson Tom Hanson ...  Craig Meehan 2 episodes, 2017
Cody Ryan Cody Ryan ...  Tiffany Bushby 2 episodes, 2017
Macy Shackleton Macy Shackleton ...  Callie Brown 2 episodes, 2017
Darren Connolly Darren Connolly ...  Neil Hyett 2 episodes, 2017
Charlotte Mills Charlotte Mills ...  Amanda Hyett 2 episodes, 2017
Erin Shanagher ...  Debbie 2 episodes, 2017
Cathy Breeze Cathy Breeze ...  Alice Meehan 2 episodes, 2017
Martin Savage Martin Savage ...  Ian 2 episodes, 2017
Rebecca Manley Rebecca Manley ...  Rev Kathy Robertson 2 episodes, 2017
Kirsty Armstrong Kirsty Armstrong ...  Stacey Bushby 2 episodes, 2017
Paul Opacic Paul Opacic ...  DS Paul Brennan / ... 2 episodes, 2017


Based on real events, this powerful story of friendship, trust and forgiveness takes us to the heart of a community rocked by a child's disappearance. In 2008, nine-year-old Shannon Matthews is reported missing. A frantic search follows, quickly becoming a murder inquiry. Led by Julie, the community rallies behind Shannon's grief stricken mother Karen, determined to find her daughter and show that, although from a poor background, Shannon's life is as important as any other. With hope fading and doubts about Karen beginning to grow, Shannon is found - with a man her mother knows. As suspicions deepen, Karen's friends set about discovering the truth.

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7 February 2017 (UK) See more »

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Julie Bushby and Natalie Brown were involved with the production and approved of their portrayal by Sheridan Smith and Sian Brooke respectively. Shannon Matthews' family were not involved - it is BBC policy not to contact the people who committed the crimes that are dramatised. Shannon's grandparents expressed their disgust that a TV drama was being made. See more »

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Decent cast but nothing new. Ending makes excuses for a guilty person
16 February 2017 | by LLgoatJSee all my reviews

Found this disappointing. It told the story from mostly From Karen Matthews friend, Julie's viewpoint. It didn't tell us anything new from what was reported at the time. It didn't show much of the police investigation. The ending felt like an afterthought. Trying to make excuses for what she did and suggesting it was everyone else fault than her own.

I did agree that in all honesty she wasn't evil just misguided and was overwhelmed by what happened. While she wanted and enjoyed the attention, once the estate was involved it was hard to find a way out.

However it did not ever really show her in a bad light or confirm she was involved. It also didn't show how the estate felt about being lied too when they were so passionate about finding the girl.

It was acted well but it didn't tell us anything you can't read about on the internet. It also seemed to be saying that if you are poor then you can't be held responsible for your actions. The estate was also shown as all wonderful people. I have worked for Kirklees Council in Dewsbury on a number of occasions. While there are some lovely people there, some people are really awful. A shame this was so much of a lecture and waste of a decent cast.

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