Hollington Drive writer explains inspiration behind series where child is killed

Hollington Drive writer explains inspiration behind series where child is killed

10/13/2021

ITV's Hollington Drive will return to screens tonight at 9pm for the third instalment in the four-part series.

The show, which follows two sisters as a child goes missing, stars Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling and Rhashan Stone.

After what appears to be confirmation that children Ben and Eva were somehow involved in the murder of Alex Boyd, the show is hanging nicely in the balance as it moves into the second half of the series.

According to ITV, in tonight's episode: "The pressure is getting to Theresa as the police make their first arrest. With the vigil for Alex approaching, Helen puts things on hold with Gareth – she can’t take any risks – there are too many people watching.

"As Theresa attempts to resume normal life, Ben throws a spanner in the works…"

The show, which follows two sisters as a child goes missing, stars Anna Maxwell Martin known for Line of Duty; Rachael Stirling, known for Tipping the Velvet and Bletchley Circle; and Rhashan Stone best known for Desmond's and Mutual Friends.

Is Hollington Drive based on a true story?

The question has been on the lips of the shows fans from the beginning but, no, the show isn't based on a true story. It is the latest work from Sophie Petzal, known for writing the Irish crime drama 'Blood'.

Speaking about her inspiration for the new thriller she said: "I had just finished two series of Blood, and was wondering what to write next. I wanted to make a show that wasn't a world away from Blood, but felt bigger and more ambitious tonally.

"Also, I had always wanted to write about sisters – I have a sister and that relationship is probably one of the most important in my life.

"So I started thinking about the idea of a secret kept between sisters who live very close to each other, and then they suspect their children might have been responsible for another child's death.

"Then they make decisions that have unfolding consequences and nothing is quite as it seems.

"I started developing that story with my producer, Jonathan Fisher and we would go on endless walks coming up with ideas for how the show could twist and turn. We both had a good instinct about it.

"I should say that me and my sister have a very different relationship to Helen and Theresa. But, of course, you take things from your own experiences all the time, things like childhood dynamics that live on into adulthood. I’m obsessed with family dynamics."

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