03 January 2020 16:37
A tight-knit Scottish community is torn apart when a seemingly happy family is murdered in this chilling crime series from Channel 4. The new drama has already drawn comparisons with smash STV series Broadchurch, partly due to the presence of Falkirk actor David Tennant. With the first reviews describing the series as "devastating", "brooding" and "heartbreaking", the Channel 4 produced show promises to pack an emotional punch. Read more: 2020: The Year Ahead in Film, by Alistair Harkness Channel 4 released an intriguing and sinister synopsis for the TV series in December, detailing how trust in a community is devastated following the suspicious death of a family, forcing "those closest to the family... Tennant is joined by Anna Madeley, Cush Jumbo and Matthew McNulty (Channel 4) The father and husband, Dr Tom Kendrick (David Tennant) is instantly cast as a key suspect when he survives the fire in which his wife and children perish, but soon suspicions are cast elsewhere as the story unfolds.
Deadwater Fell gets underway at 9pm on January 10 and will last for four 60 minute episodes, each spaced a week apart. The series will be shown on Channel 4. Viewers who miss an episode can catch up on All 4. David Tennant of Doctor Who and Good Omens fame is the headline name, starring as grief-stricken Doctor Tom Kendrick. Playing opposite Tennant as Kate Kendrick is Anna Madeley (The Crown), who plays beloved local teacher who works at the primary school alongside her best friend, and closest confidante, Jess Milner.
Jess is played by Cush Jumbo, a relatively new resident in the fictional Scottish town of Kirkdarroch, who has since settled in following her marriage to Police Sergeant Steve (Matthew McNulty). Deadwater Fell is written and created by Daisy Coulam (Humans, Grantchester) Where was it filmed? Set in fictional Kirkdarroch, many of the filming locations for the film took place in the East Ayrshire village of Dunlop. Culzean Country Park and Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire were also utilised as filming locations. David Tennant tells us why his gripping four-part thriller, Deadwater Fell, is more secretive than Doctor Who or Broadchurch… A heinous crime sends shockwaves through a small, sleepy Scottish community in C4's chilling four-part thriller, Deadwater Fell, starring David Tennant. Set in the fictional village of Kirkdarroch, the drama follows well-liked and trustworthy GP Tom Kendrick (David Tennant) and his wife, Kate (Anna Madeley), who teaches at the local primary school. With an enviable marriage, three young daughters, a big house and fancy car, their lives seem pretty much perfect – especially to their two best friends, teacher Jess Milner (Cush Jumbo) and her police sergeant partner, Steve Campbell (Matthew McNulty). But after a fire breaks out at the Kendricks' house, Kate and her children are found dead, while Tom is rushed to hospital as the sole survivor. When more details emerge about Kate and the girls' deaths, mistrust soon sets in within this once close-knit village, where everyone has something to hide… We caught up with Scottish-born former Time Lord and Good Omens star, David Tennant, to find out more about Deadwater Fell… What can we expect from Deadwater Fell? David Tennant: "There's something about the way that creator Daisy Coulam has written it that keeps pulling the rug out from under you. Just when you think you've figured out who the characters are and what they're doing to each other, there's another set of left turns that confound you once again. It's so compelling and ambiguous." Can you tell us more about your character, Tom Kendrick? He's popular, confidant, and has three beautiful children and a beautiful wife. What's the state of his marriage? DT: "Tom and Anna are like a power couple, but not every marriage is that straightforward and they have some serious fractures in theirs, which are revealed piece by piece. But all the characters are so full of contradictions and secrets that it's hard to talk about them without giving something away." You're used to keeping tight-lipped about spoilers after starring in Doctor Who and Broadchurch… DT: "Yes, but of all the shows I've starred in, this is the hardest to talk about. At least with Broadchurch, everyone knew it was a whodunit from episode one. DT: "A lot of it will play out through flashbacks and viewers will come to understand more about what's going on retrospectively. You're also making your debut as an executive-producer. I think I have a relatively light touch, though. But I think coming at it from a slightly different perspective, as an actor, can be useful." Was it like a homecoming for you shooting in Scotland? DT: "I'm always delighted to have an excuse to go back to Scotland. But we shot in a beautiful village called Dunlop. It's not like where I grew up [in Paisley, outside Glasgow], but it feels like a very recognisable place." You recently starred as a suspect in Netflix crime drama Criminal. Do you enjoy playing ambiguous characters? I like variety, and there's something appealing about characters that are complicated and unknowable from an acting point of view. Deadwater Fell is unlike anything I've seen before. Viewers will be constantly surprised!" Deadwater Fell airs on Friday 10 January on C4 at 9pm