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Tony Grisoni's powerful four-part drama starring Rory Kinnear tells the story of a fictional English town devastated by a spate of shootings that take place over a single day

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Tony Grisoni's powerful four-part drama starring Rory Kinnear tells the story of a fictional English town devastated by a spate of shootings that take place over a single day

Series 1 Summary

A wealth of British talent, including Rory Kinnear, Eddie Marsan, Shirley Henderson and Sean Harris, star in the harrowing four-part drama about a small-town spree shooting that leaves the innocent residents of Southcliffe faced with emotions they are unequipped to understand or deal with.

  • Episode 1 - The Hollow Shore

    As dawn breaks in the sleepy market town of Southcliffe, the unmistakable sound of gunshots ring out. The residents of this tight-knit community wake to discover an inconceivable horror has devastated the town, and the lives of those left behind are changed forever.

    Questions, guilt and ghosts from the past are unleashed as the residents of Southcliffe resilience is tested, both as individuals and as a community.

    Reporter David Whitehead, a journalist who grew up in Southcliffe, finds himself back there looking for answers from the shattered community while trying to reconcile dark events from his own past.

  • Episode 2 - Light Falls

    In the second episode the deceits, longings and desires of the people of Southcliffe are revealed in the days leading up to the shooting.

    Everyone is forced through their loss to come to terms with how easily they took their loved ones for granted. But the reality of grief has not yet fully descended on them.

    Reporter David is haunted by childhood memories of his hometown and is reluctant to return to Southcliffe. His own experience growing up there gives him a version of events which is dangerously subjective.

    It becomes clear he knew the killer, many years ago. Feelings of guilt and responsibility provoke a deep-rooted resentment in David towards the grieving community.

  • Episode 3 - Sorrow's Child

    The families of the dead are each immersed in their own struggle to comprehend the fallout. For some of them, there will be no return as grief isolates them from themselves, their loved ones and the community.

    Claire cannot accept her daughter's death - it is simply too hard to confront. Paul desperately tries to compensate for the bad husband and father that he has been. In his denial, he fulfills a promise to his wife - but too late.

    David's secret about his childhood friendship with Morton is beginning to take control of him. His marriage is falling apart and his job is on the line as he becomes insistent on finding an answer to why this happened.

    Conspiracy theories surrounding police cover-ups feed into David's personal paranoia, and in a bitter outburst in the local pub, David accuses the residents of Southcliffe of being complicit through their apathy...

  • Episode 4 - All Souls

    One year on from the shootings, an anonymous letter sent to David reawakens the possibility that Morton is still alive and returning to Southcliffe.

    Now living alone in a bedsit, David takes the letter as a sign that he needs to return to his home town once more and confront his past.

    Meeting Chris, David can see he is haunted by what happened. Has the darkness that compelled Morton now come to possess Chris?

    David realises only he can prevent tragedy revisiting Southcliffe...

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Tony Grisoni's powerful four-part drama starring Rory Kinnear tells the story of a fictional English town devastated by a spate of shootings that take place over a single day

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