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.
Did You Know?
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