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Sophie Okonedo To Star In New BBC One 5-Part Thriller "Mayday"

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 27, 2012 1:23 PM
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Sophie Okonedo

S&A fave Sophie Okonedo will star alongside Peter Firth, Aidan Gillen and Lesley Manville in what the BBC is calling a "sophisticated five-part thriller" titled Mayday, from writers Ben Court and Caroline Ip (Whitechapel).

What's the Mayday story:

When a young girl goes missing on her way to the Mayday parade, the small community in which she lives looks to one another for answers. But beneath the picture-postcard idyll lies a sinister other world and the dark woods teem with myth. As the community reels from Hattie’s disappearance, the drama follows the mass hysteria and ensuing search from the point of view of the central characters, each of whom fears that someone they know is responsible. As they keep silent, their suspicions intensify over the course of the five episodes.

Sophie Okonedo will play Fiona, described as "a young mum determined to protect her family, who spies on a neighbour."

Jane Featherstone, of Kudos Film and Television (then company behind the project) describes Mayday:

“A highly authored serial from Ben Court and Caroline Ip which has attracted a brilliant cast and takes an original look at a familiar story. There are no police incident rooms, autopsies or crime scene investigations, instead this is about a town facing the reality that the killer is among them, one of them.”

Filming starts next week in Dorking.

This should be good stuff! Of course, whether or not it'll travel is another story. But glad to see that Sophie continues to work steadily. She co-stars in the Australian drama The Slap, has a supporting role in the Will Smith/Jaden Smith sci-fi adventurer After Earth, the BBC/Sky1 production of Sinbad, and recntly returned to the London stage to star in a play.

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  • dl | April 28, 2012 10:15 AMReply

    i looove her shes amazing and was great in the slap. She is really taking great and intresting roles and always delivers a nuanced and slightly quirky performance. I'll be looking forward to watching this thats for sure!

  • Nicole | April 27, 2012 8:48 PMReply

    I'll be looking for this one. Glad to see Sophie working in what looks like quality projects. Good for her!

  • Jai | April 27, 2012 4:58 PMReply

    I hope BBC America picks this up.

  • CareyCarey | April 27, 2012 3:26 PMReply

    Sophie Okonedo stole my heart in the movie "Skin". I loved that movie and her performance. I see I was not the only one... "ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR. SOPHIE OKONEDO IS MAGNIFICENT" Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times... "POWERFUL! OSCAR-WORTHY PERFORMANCES" Leonard Maltin, Reelz Channel (The Secret's Out). But unfortunately I have not been able to see her in anything since "Skin". And it appears the beat will go on. Dang, maybe someone will post it on YouTube or sumtin?

  • Emmanuel | April 27, 2012 2:06 PMReply

    It sounds like it'll be a good one. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

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