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The Girl Before on BBC One: When does is start, how many episodes is it and is it based on a book?

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BBC One’s upcoming thriller The Girl Before promises to put your heart firmly in your mouth – so what’s it all about and when’s the start date?

The tense series is coming soon, and has a cast to get very excited about.

Here’s everything you need to know about the BBC series The Girl Before.

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Jessica Plummer stars as Emma, opposite David Oyelowo’s Edward in The Girl Before (Credit: BBC One)

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The Girl Before start date on BBC One – what’s it about?

Viewers are introduced to Jane, played by Loki actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

She stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime – the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect.

Of course, there’s a catch though…

Jane must promise to abide by a long list of very exacting rules set by the controlling architect.

Most of us would run a mile, but then that would make for a very boring drama.

Boring this ain’t!

After moving in, Jane discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there.

Naturally, Jane starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before.

Is life in One Folgate Street everything it seems?

That’ll be a big fat NO!

Is it based on a book?

The Girl Before is adapted from Anthony Capella’s fictional book of the same name.

The crime fiction novel came out in 2016 and has sold over one million copies.

Critics called the novel “dazzling”, “compulsive”, “riveting” and “creepy”.

The Daily Mail said: “The tension is built up subtly, leading to a devastating climax. A really clever thriller [the film] will no doubt become the third big ‘Girl’ film.”

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The Girl Before has an all-star cast including David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, but when is the start date? (Credit: BBC One)

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How many episodes is The Girl Before on BBC One?

The Girl Before is a four-part series.

Each episode will be one hour long.

Filming was shot in Bristol.

The Girl Before cast

Belle star Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Jane, who gets the chance of a lifetime when she moves into the beautiful One Folgate Street.

However, Jane starts to feel the house changing her in unexpected ways…

Gugu is famous for her role as Ravonna Renslayer in Loki, Hannah Shoenfeld in The Morning Show, and Samantha Bloom in Undercovers.

Spooks and Selma actor David Oyelowo portrays the enigmatic architect.

The BBC has revealed that there’s FOUR former EastEnders cast members on board, too!

Ben Hardy and Jessica Plummer both star in the thriller The Girl Before on BBC One.

And it looks like they fell for each other in real life while filming!

Jessica Plummer portrays the house’s previous inhabitant – and, needless to say, her spell in the house didn’t end well.

Soap fans will recognise Jessica as Chantelle Atkins in EastEnders, as well as a contestant on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2020.

Ben Hardy stars as love interest Simon.

Ben is also a former EastEnders star.

He portrayed Peter Beale from 2013 to 2015, before appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse, Bohemian Rhapsody and The Voyeurs.

Meanwhile, Amanda Drew – aka deranged May Wright in the BBC soap – also appears in the thriller.

She stars as Carol.

The trailer (below) also shows a brief glimpse of Rakhee Thakrar who played Shabnam Masood in the BBC soap EastEnders.

Elsewhere Daniela Pasquini stars as Amanda, Kayla Meikle plays DS Liz Willan, Antonia Clarke portrays Alyssia, and Ian Conningham stars as DCI James Clarke.

White House Farm actor Mark Stanley is also in the cast as Saul.

Mark is known for his recent roles as Henry VIII in Anne Boleyn, Ed Harrigan in Small Axe, DC Andy Craig in Honour, and Hugo Duffy in Criminal: UK.

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Jessica Plummer and Ben Hardy star in The Girl Before (Credit: BBC One)

The Girl Before start date

BBC One has revealed the start date of The Girl Before.

The four-part series premieres on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 9pm on Sunday December 19, 2021.

The whole series can be streamed in full on BBC iPlayer from that date.

Episode two will go out on BBC One on Monday December 20 2021.

Episode three follows the next night (Tuesday December 21 2021), while the climatic finale airs on Wednesday December 22 2021 at 9pm.

And then you might want to watch the entire series again!

The Girl Before premieres on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 9pm on Sunday December 19 2021.

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