Looking for a brand new thriller to watch? The BBC might have just what you’re asking for: Star of Bodyguard and Line of Duty Keeley Hawes is set to appear in a brand new miniseries on BBC One called Crossfire, and it’s set to air on BBC One later this year.

The show will be three parts long, and follows a woman on holiday in the Canary Islands, who’s forced to fight for her survival after gunmen take the holiday resort she’s staying at hostage.

Hawes, with her roles in Bodyguard and Line of Duty, is of course no stranger to action and thriller roles, so this definitely feels like a natural fit for one of the most popular actresses currently in TV. In the series, she plays Jo, who’s in a difficult and deteriorating marriage and decides to take a holiday away with her family to the Canary Islands, alongside a few friends. However, things aren’t much better on holiday- tensions remain high and everyone feels on edge. It’s perhaps no surprise then that things start getting explosive.

Suddenly, a gang of gunmen enter the resort and start opening fire- and suddenly the holiday becomes a battle for survival for Jo, desperate to save her kids and remain alive in the process. Thankfully, and rather conveniently, Jo is a former police officer, so she grabs a gun and gets to work attempting to defeat the gunmen and escape her doom. The situation is precarious, and as the official synopsis states: “With the unsuspecting holidaymakers and hotel staff forced to make monumental split-second life or death decisions, the consequences will linger long after the final shots are fired.

Hawes is the driving force behind the whole drama, and enjoyed being able to play the role of a gun-toting action hero: in an interview with The Guardian, she notes the contrast between this role and Bodyguard, saying of that show “it’s about a woman being protected by a man. In this case, it’s Jo taking that on.” Alongside Hawes, the cast includes Anneika Rose (Line of Duty, The Midwich Cuckoos), Vikash Bhai (Hanna) Noah Leggot (Everyone’s Talking About Jamie), Pol Toro (Valley of the Dead), Lee Ingleby (The A Word) and Josette Simon (The Witches).

You won’t have much longer to wait for the eagerly anticipated drama- while it doesn’t have a fixed release date yet, it’s set to arrive the next few months and before the end of 2022. In the meantime, you can watch the series’ recently released official trailer above, which gives you a sense of how high octane things will get. Jo talks about how she feels like she took her life somewhat for granted before the events of the holiday, and that despite her difficult marriage feels that she should’ve appreciated what she had before: “How could I have known?”

For more on what’s streaming, check out our Best of Streaming In September article.

CROSSFIRE IS SET TO AIR ON BBC ONE TONIGHT AT 21:00


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