Jenna Coleman to lead new BBC drama

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The previously-announced four-part BBC adaptation of Helen FitzGerald’s novel The Cry has announced its key casting – and it includes a plum role for former Doctor Who and The Crown star Jenna Coleman.

Coleman is going to take the lead role of Joanna opposite Ewen Leslie as Alistair. It’s a full BBC One drama too, that’s been adapted by Jacquelin Perske. Glendyn Ivin is set to direct.

The overview of the story, as per the official BBC announcements, reads:

Joanna (Coleman) and her husband Alistair (Leslie) deal with unthinkable tragedy under the white light of public scrutiny and in their private lives when their newborn baby is abducted from a small coastal town in Australia – changing their lives and their marriage forever. It is the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young woman, exposing the myths and truths of motherhood.

The four episodes will run for 60 minutes apiece