The Drowning – The DVDfever Review – Jill Halfpenny

The Drowning
The Drowning is a new Channel 5 drama starring Jill Halfpenny as Jodie, whose son, Tom, drowned as a young boy while out on a family picnic. 9 years later, she’s still distraught and still trying to deal with life, unable to even go into his old room, but now, she’s quite sure she’s seen him while out and about, obviously some years older.

The premise reminds me of a time some years ago, when one of my nephews was around the age of 11, and as I drove to lunch with my Dad, we passed a couple of lads on the pavement, one of whom looked like a dead ringer for my nephew, but a few years older, making me think that it could be him, but he’d just been in a time machine back to this point, and was walking along that street. Chances are, it was not him.

Back to this, and I was quite surprised about what happened soon after when she decided to follow the lad, and actively pursues him on his way to school. Yes, all sense of normality goes out the window when you go pursuing a theory that’s completely hatstand… perhaps, since they never found the boy’s body. In a drama that also stars Rupert Penry-Jones – who used to be in Spooks – if someone died in that but you never actually saw them die, chances are, they were still alive. Curiouser and curiouser, said Alice…

Do You Realize? By Ursine Vulpine – Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer Music used in The Drowning trailer

While all this is going on, she rather throws away the chance of a lifetime, for a pitch for the business she’s planning to set up with a friend, and added to the mix is the death of her father. In fact, we see from the funeral that he died on May 4th, 2020, so it’s clear this has been in the pipeline for a while, but then that’s the same with a lot of dramas premiering at the moment.

In a world where everyone apart from Jodie seems to live in an insanely posh place, there’s more that I can say about the first episode, but I’ll save it until after it’s aired. However, while I will stick it out for the four episodes, this does need to improve.

UPDATE Episode 1 spoilers:

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UPDATE Episode 3 spoilers:

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The Drowning is broadcast tomorrow on Channel 5 at 9pm. It is available to pre-order on DVD, ahead of its release on March 15th.

If you missed it, you can watch the each episode on My5 after transmission.

The Drowning – Official Trailer – Channel 5 Drama

Episode 1 Score: 5/10
Episode 2 Score: 4/10
Episode 3 Score: 4/10
Episode 4 Score: 4/10

Director: Carolina Giammetta
Producer: Mary McCarthy, Jason Maza
Writers/Creators: Francesca Brill, Luke Watson
Music: Sarah Warne

Jodie: Jill Halfpenny
Tom: Aaron Kane
Mark: Rupert Penry-Jones
Lynn: Deborah Findlay
Kate: Deirdre Mullins
Frank: Frank Melia
Ben: Dara Devaney
Jason: Jonas Armstrong
Yasmin: Jade Anouka
Daniel: Cody Molko
Lola: Alison Harrington
DS Harvey: Jason Maza
Miss Towne: Roisin O’Neill
Ade: Babs Olusanmokum
Jerzy: Oluwole Jones
Mr McKenzie: Conor Mullen