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Jill Halfpenny leads cast in brand new Channel 5 thriller The Holiday: What’s it about?

Who else is in the cast and when does it start?

Channel 5 has announced a brand new thriller called The Holiday, which stars former EastEnders star Jill Halfpenny as the leading lady.

The channel has today announced (Thursday May 27 2021) that Jill will appear in the upcoming prime time drama The Holiday, based on T.M. Logan’s bestseller of the same name.

Here’s everything you need to know!

Jill Halfpenny in The Drowning on Channel 5
Jill Halfpenny recently starred in The Drowning on Channel 5 (Credit: C5)

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The Holiday on Channel 5: What’s it about?

Jill Halfpenny takes on the role of Kate, a woman whose dream family holiday quickly becomes a nightmare.

She discovers her husband is having an affair with one of her best friends.

Her four best friends are on holiday with her, but which one is it?

As Kate closes in on the truth in the stifling Mediterranean heat, she realises too late that the stakes are far higher than she ever could have imagined.

Because someone in the villa may be prepared to kill to keep their affair hidden.

Jill Halfpenny says: “T.M. Logan’s novel, The Holiday, was such a joy to bring to life and filming with such a talented cast was just fantastic!

“Portraying Kate’s dream holiday turn into a nightmare was great fun and hopefully the fans of the book, and those who have yet to discover it, will enjoy the rollercoaster journey we take you on with this gripping thriller.”

Is The Holiday based on a book?

The Holiday is based on T.M. Logan’s bestselling novel of the same name.

The Richard and Judy Book Club thriller tells the tale of a holiday you won’t forget…

It follows Kate, who has planned her dream holiday to celebrate her 40th birthday – with four best friends and their husbands and children in a luxurious villa under the blazing sunshine of Provence.

But there is trouble in paradise…

Kate suspects that her husband is having an affair, and that the other woman is one of her best friends.

One of these women is willing to sacrifice years of friendship and destroy her family. But which one?

Kate investigates the truth in the stifling Mediterranean heat, but she realises too late that the stakes are far higher than she ever imagined.

Because someone in the villa is prepared to kill to keep their secret hidden!

Critics describe the book as “perfectly plotted”, “perfect summer reading” and “a blistering page-turner”.

Killing Eve Niko
Owen McDonnell starred in Killing Eve as Niko (Credit: BBC One)

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Who’s in the cast of The Holiday?

Jill Halfpenny stars as Kate in the upcoming thriller.

Viewers know her best for portraying Nicola in Byker Grove, Rebecca Hopkins in Corrie, Kate in EastEnders and Izzie Redpath in Waterloo Road.

Jill recently starred in the C5 thriller The Drowning.

The cast also includes Owen McDonnell as Sean, Kate’s cheating husband.

He’s famous for playing Niko in Killing Eve, and recently portrayed Frank Mercer in The Bay and Mark Ryan in Three Families.

Their teenage daughter Lucy is played by Lara McDonnell, star of Artemis Fowl.

Young son Daniel is played by Aidan McCann of Red Rock fame.

Midsommar’s Liv Mjones plays Jenny in their group of friends, while her husband Alistair is portrayed by Aidan McCardle.

He recently starred as Roger Hollis in The Trial of Christine Keeler.

Meanwhile, newcomer Shaun O’Callaghan Wade plays Jake, Redemption’s Siobhan Hewlett plays best friend Rowan with Andrew Macklin (Doctor Who) playing her husband Russ.

Cold Courage star Molly McCann plays Odette, and Ordinary Lies’ Cat Simmons will play Izzy.

Is it the same story as the film of the same name starring Cameron Diaz?

Nope, The Holiday on Channel 5 is not the same story as the famous film of the same name.

The 2006 film starring Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Jack Black is an altogether fluffier affair – with no impending murders!

Intruder
Channel 5 are cracking out some great thrillers at the moment, including the recent Intruder (Credit: C5)

The Holiday on Channel 5: How many episodes is it?

The Holiday is a four-part drama.

Each episode will be an hour long.

We suspect it will go out on four consecutive nights, like The Drowning and Intruder.

When will it start?

The Holiday is currently in production.

The series will air later this year on Channel 5.

Writer Michael Crompton has adapted the novel for television.

The Holiday will air on Channel 5 later this year.

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