The Woman in the Wall

The Woman in the Wall – first-look images from new gothic thriller

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The show, a psychologically and emotionally compelling detective story, stars Ruth Wilson and Daryl McCormack. 

With The Woman in the Wall billed as coming soon, the BBC have released a series of first-look images. Starring Ruth Wilson (His Dark Materials) and Daryl McCormack (Bad Sisters), the gothic thriller comes from writer Joe Murtagh.

The story deals with legacy of Ireland’s shockingly inhumane Magdalene Laundries. The BBC describe it as a “… psychologically and emotionally compelling detective story shot through with dark humour.”

The Woman in the Wall - Ruth Wilson (with cattle!)

Here’s the premise of The Woman in the Wall:

Lorna Brady (Wilson) is a woman from the small, fictional Irish town of Kilkinure who wakes one morning to find a corpse in her house. Chillingly, Lorna has no idea who the dead woman is, or if she herself might be responsible for the apparent murder. That’s because Lorna has long suffered from extreme bouts of sleepwalking ever since she was ripped from her life at the age of 15 and incarcerated in a convent. There, Lorna gave birth to her daughter Agnes, who was cruelly taken from her and whose fate Lorna has never known.

Daryl McCormack as Detective Colman Akande

Unluckily for Lorna, Detective Colman Akande (McCormack) is now also on her tail, for a crime seemingly unrelated to the body she has discovered in her house. The ambitious Colman quickly rose through the ranks of the Garda Síochána thanks to his natural aptitude. His scathing wit hides a quiet sadness, and when he meets Lorna Brady, he finds himself forced to confront his own haunting secrets.

Ruth Wilson as Lorna Brady

As Colman searches for a murderer and Lorna searches for her daughter, their paths collide in ways they could never have anticipated. Lorna’s search for Agnes will take her deep into her own past and to the heart of Kilkinure’s darkest secrets, as she and Colman seek the answers they each so desperately need.

Daryl McCormack as Detective Colman Akande

The series comes from British independent production company Motive Pictures, backed by Fifth Season. Written by Joe Murtagh, the directors are Harry Wootliff and Rachna Suri, with Susan Breen as producer. The executive producers are Simon Maxwell, Sam Lavender, Joe Murtagh, Ruth Wilson and Harry Wootliff, with Lucy Richer for BBC.

The series filmed on location in Northern Ireland with funding from Northern Ireland Screen.

In the UK, the series will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, in the US, on Paramount+ with SHOWTIME. In Canada, Australia, Latin America, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and South Korea, it will be on Paramount+.