Exclusive first look at Jill Halfpenny in new drama The Drowning

First look at The Drowning: Gripping new Channel 5 thriller stars Jill Halfpenny as a grieving mother who believes she spots her son nine years after he goes missing

  • Jill Halfpenny stars as a grieving mother who believes she’s found her son nine years after losing him to a drowning in Channel 5’s new drama, The Drowning 
  • The trailer shows how Jodie, played by Jill, has rebuilt her life for nearly a decade
  • Other characters say she’s gone ‘completely mad’ while she build a relationship with the teenage boy  

A first look at a gripping new four-part drama set to air on Channel 5 promises to have viewers on the edge of their seat as Jill Halfpenny stars as a grieving mother who believes she’s found her son nine years after losing him.   

Halfpenny (Three Girls, Dark Money, Liar) plays Jodie, a mother who lost her son Tom nine years ago in a drowning.

The trailer shows how she has been rebuilding her life but when she catches sight of a child, she believes is him, and the revelation threatens to up-end the life that she has carefully pieced back together. 


A first look at a gripping new four-part drama set to air on Channel 5 promises to have viewers on the edge of their seat as Jill Halfpenny stars as a grieving mother who believes she’s found her son nine years after losing him. Halfpenny (Three Girls, Dark Money, Liar) plays Jodie, a mother who lost her son Tom nine years ago in a drowning. She is pictured with him

The trailer shows how she has been rebuilding her life but when she catches sight of a child, she believes is him, and the revelation threatens to up-end the life that she has carefully pieced back together. They are pictured together

Jonas Armstrong (The Bay, Ripper Street, Line of Duty) plays Jason, Jodie’s only sibling, and the only real support she has had in her life. 

Always in control, he is a practising lawyer, on the cusp of a huge promotion when his sister makes the discovery which could unravel the whole family. 

Meanwhile, Silent Witness star Deborah Findlay plays Lynn, Jodie’s mother, with whom she has a fractious relationship and 16-year-old Cody Molko plays Daniel the boy Jodie becomes fixated with and believes is her son.

In the trailer, – which airs tonight of Channel 5 – Strictly champion Jill, who has starred in EastEnders, Coronation Street and Waterloo Road, is told ‘he died’ while she cries and says ‘I promised I’d keep him safe’.

In the trailer, – which airs tonight of Channel 5 – Strictly champion Jill,  (pictured) who has starred in EastEnders, Coronation Street and Waterloo Road, is told ‘he died’ while she cries and says ‘I promised I’d keep him safe’.

‘You’re going to think I’m mad. It’s Tom, I followed him all the way to the school gates,’ she tells an off-screen character, before the man said to be Daniel’s father is introduced.

Other characters say she’s gone ‘completely mad’ while in another scene she’s seen running through the forest shouting ‘Daniel’.

Rupert Penry-Jones (Whitechapel, Silks, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man) plays Daniel’s father Mark, an architect that keeps a tight rein on his emotions and on his son’s life. 

Other characters say she’s gone ‘completely mad as she follows the boy she believes is her son to school

Also starring Babs Olusanmokun (Black Mirror, The Defenders, The Widow) as Ade and Jade Anouka (His Dark Materials, Cleaning Up, Small Axe) as Jodie’s friend and partner Yasmin.

The Drowning is written by Tim Dynevor (Emmerdale), Francesca Brill (Cuckoo, The Bait) and Luke Watson (Britannia, Ripper Street), directed by Carolina Giammetta (Vera) and is produced by Mary McCarthy. 

The executive producers are Noel Clarke (Bulletproof) Jason Maza (Bulletproof), Alexandra Stone, and Catriona Mckenzie. 

It is created by Francesca Brill and Luke Watson. Sebastian Cardwell serves as the Commissioning Editor for Channel 5.

The Drowning is coming soon to Channel 5

16-year-old Cody Molko (pictures) plays Daniel the boy Jodie becomes fixated with and believes is her son

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