Channel 4 confirms psychological suspense drama, Close To Me, starring Christopher Eccleston, Connie Nielsen, Susan Lynch and Leanne Best will air in the autumn

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A 6 x 60’ series produced by NENT Studios UK, part of Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group)

Close to Me is the 6 x 60’ story of Jo Harding (Connie Nielsen), a woman who seems to have it all – a beautiful house in the country, a loving family and Rob, her devoted husband (Christopher Eccleston). But following a fall, an entire year suddenly vanishes from Jo’s memory. As she struggles to piece events together, Jo discovers that her life wasn’t quite as perfect as she imagined – and that someone will do all they can to keep a terrible secret from her. Close to Me is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by author Amanda Reynolds. 

Their children, Finn and Sash, are played by Tom Taylor (Us, Doctor Foster) and Rosy McEwen (The Letter Writer, The Angel of Darkness). Jo’s best friend Cathy is played by Susan Lynch (Save Me, Unforgotten), while Leanne Best (Young Wallander, Cold Feet) stars as Rob’s co-worker Anna. High-profile Danish actor Henning Jensen (When the Dust Settles, Countdown Copenhagen) features as Jo’s father Frederik, while Ellie Haddington (Enola Holmes, Motherland) plays her neighbour Wendy. Ray Fearon (Da Vinci’s Demons, His Dark Materials) plays Jo’s boss Nick and Nick Blood (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Strike) stars as Sash’s boyfriend Thomas. Jamie Flatters (Liar, So Awkward) plays Owen and Lorraine Burroughs (Hard Sun, The Five) stars as Helen.  

Close To Me is produced by NENT Studios UK for Channel 4 and has been acquired by Channel 4’s Head of Acquisitions, Nick Lee, Head of Drama, Caroline Hollick and overseen by Commissioning Editor, Gwawr Lloyd. Angela Pell (Snow Cake, Gifted) wrote the screenplay, Michael Samuels (The Windermere Children, Any Human Heart) directs, Alison Sterling (The Windermere Children, Turning) produces, while Gina Carter (Yardie, In the Long Run, Kingdom) is the executive producer, alongside Robert Taylor and Ed Clarke of The Development Partnership, Dave Clarke from NENT Studios UK and Connie Nielsen.  

Close to Me filmed during 2020 in London, Hertfordshire and East Sussex. It is distributed globally by All3Media International. 

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Notes to Editors 

NENT Studios UK ( is part of NENT Studios, which is one of the world’s leading creators, producers and distributors of scripted and unscripted programming, commercials, events and branded content. With 32 companies in 17 countries, NENT Studios operates through three divisions - Nordics and Central & Eastern Europe, the UK, and the US. NENT Studios is behind acclaimed works in genres ranging from drama, factual and documentary to reality, game shows and lifestyle.  

NENT Studios is part of Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), the Nordic region’s leading entertainment provider. Headquartered in Stockholm, NENT Group is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (`NENT A' and `NENT B'). NENT Group has also formed a UK based joint venture with FilmNation Entertainment and invested in new US studio Picturestart. Learn more at


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Jo Blanket, Publicity Manager, Drama, Comedy & Acquisitions