Sky has released a first look trailer for their new dark and disturbing 8-part adaptation of John Wyndham’s classic science fiction novel starring Keeley Hawes.
Adapted by Emmy award-nominated writer David Farr, the drama is set in Midwich, a small English commuter town that is liberal, aspirational and populated by nuclear families and affluent high streets. A place where nothing much happens – and for a very good reason.
That is until the twilight hours of a summer’s day when a sleepy corner of Midwich is plunged into panic. People pass out on their feet without warning, without reason. Anyone who tries to enter meets the same fate. And nobody can understand why.
When the mysterious blackout is lifted, life for those affected returns to apparent normality - except every woman of child-bearing age inside the zone has suddenly and inexplicably fallen pregnant.
As news spreads and tensions simmer, it is up to gifted psychotherapist Dr Susannah Zellaby, played by Keeley Hawes, to help support those affected through the emotional wilderness. Susannah’s own daughter, Cassie, has fallen pregnant and harbours deep concerns about who, or what is behind this phenomenon.
Local officer DCI Paul Kirby, played by Max Beesley, is tasked with maintaining order but unbeknownst to them all, a terrifying force is building in the comfortable streets of Midwich. These children – potential parasites - flourish under the very love and care that their families give them. Who are these children? And what do they want?
The Midwich Cuckoos will also star Aisling Loftus, Ukweli Roach, Synnøve Karlsen, Lara Rossi, Lewis Reeves, Rebekah Staton and Anneika Rose.
The Midwich Cuckoos will air this Summer on Sky Max