The Jetty - Jenna Coleman as Ember Manning

The Jetty – first look at Jenna Coleman in her new detective thriller

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She stars as Detective Ember Manning in the drama from writer Cat Jones. 

With filming complete, the BBC have revealed a first-look at Jenna Coleman in her upcoming detective drama, The Jetty.

With characteristic imagination, her character Ember Manning appears to be standing on a jetty. Which we suppose makes sense in a literal sort of way.

The Jetty - Jenna Coleman as Ember Manning
Jenna Coleman as Ember Manning (c) Firebird Pictures

Here’s the premise:

In the four-part series, a fire tears through a holiday home in a scenic Lancashire lake town. Detective Ember Manning must work out how it connects to a podcast journalist investigating a missing persons cold case and an illicit ‘love’ triangle between a man in his twenties and two underage girls.

But as Ember gets close to the truth, it threatens to destroy her life – forcing her to re-evaluate everything she thought she knew about her past, present and the town she’s always called home.

Described as a coming-of-age story as a detective drama, the show promises to ask big questions about sexual morality, identity and memory, in the places that Me Too has left behind. The series reteams Coleman with Firebird Pictures, with whom she worked on last year’s Wilderness.

Jenna Coleman said:

“Working with BBC and Firebird Pictures on bringing the complex and enigmatic character of Ember Manning to life has been an incredible experience. I can’t wait for everyone to meet this new heroine and to find out what’s lurking beneath the surface of The Jetty.”

The wider cast includes Archie Renaux, Laura Marcus, Bo Bragason, Amelia Bullmore, Ruby Stokes, Tom Glynn-Carney, Weruche Opia, Matthew McNulty, Ralph Ineson, David Ajala, Nina Barker-Francis, Miya Ocego, Elliot Cowan, Shannon Watson, Arthur Hughes, Dominic Coleman and Ruaridh Mollica.

The Jetty comes from Firebird Pictures, one of BBC Studios’ owned production labels. The show’s creator and writer is Cat Jones (Harlots), the director is Marialy Rivas. The executive producers are Jones, Coleman and Rivas, with Elizabeth Kilgarriff, Sarah Wyatt and Jo McClellan for the BBC.

The four-hour drama lands on BBC One and iPlayer later in 2024. We’ll keep you posted on The Jetty.