We’ve known for a while that the BBC was planning a drama set against the backdrop of the Shannon Matthews case. It was to star Sheridan Smith as friend of Karen Matthews, Julie Bushby, Sherlock’s Sian Brooke as Matthews’ neighbour Natalie, and Happy Valley’s Siobhan Finneran as police liaison officer Christine Freeman. We’re told that the two-parter will focus in on how the community of Dewsbury came together in the light of potential tragedy to find young Shannon. Now we know when it’s going to start.
Penned by Neil McKay, who was behind another true crime drama – See No Evil: The Moors Murders – is the person to bring the estate’s story to screen. It will reveal how a group of women brought their community together in their attempt to find a child who disappeared in their midst. The focus of the drama is on the spirit and determination of the women at the forefront of the campaign and the impact on them when the truth about Shannon’s disappearance was finally revealed.
The Moorside: Tuesday 7th February, 9pm, BBC1