The Pact on BBC One: D.C. Griffiths (BEN MCGREGOR), D.S. Anford (ALEXANDRIA RILEY)

The Pact: get ready to fall hard for BBC One’s shocking new crime thriller

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Yes, lockdown rules have been loosened and we can go out-out again… but why would we want to when TV is about to get so good? Here’s what you need to know about BBC One’s new crime drama, The Pact

Updated on 17 May: As per Boris Johnson’s coronavirus roadmap, millions can now socialise indoors in limited numbers, hug loved ones and visit pubs and restaurants inside.

“We have reached another milestone in our road map out of lockdown, but we must take this next step with a heavy dose of caution,” the prime minister has said.

So, yes, we can go out-out – if, of course, we a) can get a booking anywhere, and b) actually feel ready to do so. And there’s another very good reason to stay in, too; BBC One has a gripping new TV show for us all to get stuck into.

Here’s what you need to know, then, about addictive crime thriller The Pact, the first episode of which is due to air tonight at 9pm.

What’s the plot of The Pact?

As reported on 4 May: Sounding ever so much like a Liane Moriarty novel (never a bad thing, as Big Little Lies fans will no doubt agree), The Pact follows the story of “five friends, a sudden death and a web of lies.”

The official synopsis for the six-part thriller reads: “When a young brewery boss is found dead, a chain of events is triggered that draws four of his employees – Anna, Nancy, Louie, and Cat – into a fragile pact of silence, bound by a secret that will change their lives forever.”

Louie (EIRY THOMAS), Anna (LAURA FRASER), Nancy (JULIE HESMONDHALGH), Cat (HELEDD GWYN)
The Pact is a gripping, cinematic contemporary thriller written and created by Pete McTighe.

Sounds juicy, right?

Who stars in The Pact?

The Pact brings together a stellar team that has worked on some of the TV’s best-loved dramas, including Breaking Bad star Laura Fraser, who takes centre stage alongside Broadchurch’s Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Eddie Marsan, Aneurin Barnard, Eiry Thomas, Heledd Gwynn, Abbie Hern, Aled ap Steffan, Jason Hughes, Mark Lewis Jones, Rakie Ayola, Ben McGregor, Alexandria Riley, and award-winning In My Skin actor Gabrielle Creevy round off the cast nicely.

What are people saying about The Pact?

The first commission for the Cardiff-based independent production company Little Door Productions, it’s little wonder that the thriller has captured the imagination of BBC heads already.

The Pact: D.S. Holland (RAKIE AYOLA), Max (JASON HUGHES)
The Pact has delivered twist after twist after twist.

Nick Andrews, aka the head of commissioning for BBC Cymru Wales, says: “The Pact is such an exciting commission for BBC Wales. It builds on our strong portfolio of impactful drama, and like Hinterland, Keeping Faith and Hidden before it, brings together the best in the business to do their best work.

“It’s a brilliant story and the strong cast and crew make this a highly anticipated series.”

Elwen Rowlands, joint MD of Little Door Productions, adds: “We are excited to be working with BBC Cymru Wales on our first production. Writer Pete McTighe has created a gripping drama that delivers a huge emotional punch.

“We look forward to working with our wonderful cast and crew to bring the story to screen.”

When and where can we watch The Pact?

The Pact is due to air on BBC One at 9pm on 17 May. We can’t wait, quite honestly…

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.

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