A Confession (2019– )
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Sian O'Callaghan goes missing after a Friday night out in Swindon Old Town. As the family desperately waits for news, the police search for any clues to where she could be.


Jeff Pope (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Siobhan Finneran ... Elaine Pickford
Derek Riddell ... Pete
Martin Freeman ... Det. Supt. Stephen Fulcher
John Thomson ... DCC Ray Hayward
Jake Davies Jake Davies ... Liam O'Callaghan
Imelda Staunton ... Karen Edwards
Peter Wight ... Charlie Edwards
Joshua Parris ... Ollie
Darcy Vanhinsbergh Darcy Vanhinsbergh ... Steven Edwards
Dan Linney Dan Linney ... Uniformed officer
Charlie Cooper ... Kevin Reape
Caroline Bartleet Caroline Bartleet ... DS Sarah Bilston
Lolly Jones Lolly Jones ... Kelly
Rufus Gerhardt-Williams Rufus Gerhardt-Williams ... Aiden O'Callaghan
Ian Puleston-Davies ... Mick O'Callaghan


A confession follows police officer Steve Fulcher, played by Martin Freeman, who is the leading officer in charge of the case on missing girl Sian. A confession looks at the many lives affected by the disappearance including two families and the police themselves.

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Biography | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

2 September 2019 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

High St, Hemel Hempstead, UK

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Episode 1
4 September 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Writer Jeff Pope seems to be specialising in true crime dramas. A Confession will morph into a discussion on police ethics.

The first episode has a drama documentary look to give it a raw naturalistic feel. It is about the disappearance of 22 year-old Sian O'Callaghan who failed to come home after a night out. Her boyfriend reported her missing and her family are worried leading to a police search.

I did wonder whether the first scenes with DI Steve Fulcher (Martin Freeman) and Deputy Chief Constable Ray Hayward (John Thomson) had any relevance to the story. Hayward is complaining about the accusations he is facing of sexual harassment and Fulcher telling him that these are different times. I guess it would be used to highlight Fulcher's unhappiness with the system that stigmatises good coppers.

The story of Sian's disappearance runs parallel with another family's plight. Karen Edwards has been looking for her grown up daughter Becky Godden who has been missing for some years. Karen hopes one day she will return but she still goes out searching for her. The two stories will collide.

Until then Fulcher conducts this missing person's case with quiet authority searching through CCTV, talking to her boyfriend. Sian could suddenly turn up or something worse has happened. When members of public turn up to help, he orders that they are roped in to conduct a through search in the countryside.

Th episode eschews sensationalism in the first episode, all the main actors downplay their roles. When Sian's mother talks about doing a press conference, she replies that they have to be that terrified family for the cameras, "Maybe one of us will cry."

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