The Secrets She Keeps – The DVDfever Review – Laura Carmichael

The Secrets She Keeps
The Secrets She Keeps begins with Meghan Shaughnessy (Jessica De Gouw) having a baby without it being planned, aka an ‘oops baby’.

Like any vlogger, she sometimes gets adverse comments on ger vlogs, but today, she’s had one wanting her to be brown bread.

Yes, there are some nutjobs like that about, and in her case, it could be someone who knows where she lives. I had that with Robney McPlum. After a crazy ten years, I got hold of his real name and a picture of him, advising that it ends here if I hear nothing from him ever again. And that’s where we are today. If he does start it up again, then back to the police I go.

Agatha Fyfle (Laura CarmichaelDownton Abbey), who’s also pregnant – by Hayden (Michael Sheasby), who’s in the Navy, albeit not in a Village People sense – chances across Meghan when she sees her in her store. Is she her stalker in this soap opera version of The Hand That Rocks The Cradle? After all, she lost a child last time she was pregnant, and doesn’t want anything going wrong this time.

At one point, Meghan’s husband, Jack (Michael Dorman), brings in a pile of meat that’s supposedly just been cooked on the ‘barbie’, yet isn’t exuding any heat whatsoever, while a late situation in the first episode gives Agatha a scare, but zero engagement in our direction.

There’s still one more hand for the first episode to play, but I’ll leave that for you to discover. Despite the first episode being pointless, I did try a second episode just on the possible off-chance it improves. It didn’t, even though it did try to add a little more flesh to the bones, but was still nothing I cared about.

The Secrets She Keeps is on BBC1 tomorrow night at 9pm, and continues on Tuesday night at the same time. After that, it’ll be on twice a week on the same evenings. The programme is available to pre-order on DVD, ahead of its released on August 17th.

After broadcast, you can also watch it on the BBC iPlayer.

The Secrets She Keeps – Series Trailer – BBC

Episodes 1 & 2 Score: 0/10

Series Directors: Catherine Millar, Jennifer Leacey
Producers: Helen Bowden, Paul Watters
Writers: Michael Robotham, Sarah Walker
Novel: Michael Robotham
Music: Amanda Brown

Meghan Shaughnessy: Jessica De Gouw
Agatha Fyfle: Laura Carmichael
Jack Shaughnessy: Michael Dorman
Simon Beecher: Ryan Corr
Hayden Cole: Michael Sheasby
Grace: Cariba Heine
Rhea Bowde: Jenni Baird
Jenny: Heather Mitchell
Renee Cole: Liz Alexander