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BBC, HBO to co-produce a crime thriller

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MUMBAI: The BBC and HBO have started co-production on the crime thriller Five Days.
Five Days tracks five days following the abduction of an appealing and photogenic young mother, Leanne.

This five-part drama serial stars Nikki Amuka-Bird, Hugh Bonneville and Charlie Creed-Miles. The story begins one, hot summer day when Leanne is taking her two young children to visit her grandfather.

She stops to buy flowers at a motorway lay-by but then inexplicably vanishes, leaving her two small children waiting in her car, lost and far from home.

They set off to find her only to go missing themselves. Their ordeal is captured on CCTV cameras and before long the family's heart-stopping trauma is not only a complex police investigation but a major news story. As each episode unravels it becomes clear that nobody is quite as they seem.

Producer Paul Rutman says, "Five Days is a gripping, multi-stranded story about the kind of fascinating crime which holds the front pages of our national newspapers and which terrifies and obsesses us in a compulsion to know more."

BBC controller, drama commissioning Jane Tranter said, "It is a privilege to be making such a major piece of drama from the brilliant Gwyneth Hughes, and we are delighted to be collaborating once again with HBO, continuing our strong creative relationship which has seen us working together on many projects, most recently Tsunami: The Aftermath and Rome."

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