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As Maggie and her team dig deeper into Callum Reid’s disappearance, they re-interview the Reids and their neighbours, forcing them to reopen old wounds and revisit painful memories, as they find themselves once again under suspicion.
When new evidence eliminates the original prime suspect, the holes and inconsistencies in the first investigation begin to emerge and Maggie becomes convinced that Nina Huber, the Reids’ former au-pair, could hold the key. But where is she? And why can no-one find her? Meanwhile Maggie has to process some disturbing news about her own son, Sam, causing increasing tension at home as she struggles to remain focused on the case.
The Reids find their coping mechanisms in conflict as Claire’s drive to find her child’s killer threatens her relationship with their remaining son. Meanwhile, we revisit the events surrounding the night of the barbecue, gradually uncovering the truth about Nina’s relationship, the secret lover the Reids’ neighbour Teresa cannot reveal and the fears that haunt young Luke’s nightmares.
When a trip to Germany leads to a shocking revelation, Maggie is forced to accept that they may have been wrong about the time and even the location of Callum’s disappearance. Then Claire makes a disturbing discovery closer to home and Daniel finds himself under growing suspicion.
But who is the man who’s been watching the Reids’ house? And why is he so interested in Maggie?
Maggie brings Daniel in for questioning, but the secret she uncovers is not what she was expecting. Frustrated by the case and concerned for her son, a distracted Maggie unwittingly places herself in danger and is stunned when a stranger confronts her with an unexpected confession.
Lives are torn apart when a young child goes missing in new three-part drama The Guilty.
The Guilty is set across two timelines – 2008 and present day – and tells the story of DC Maggie Brand (Tamsin Greig - Episodes, Friday Night Dinner), who investigates the disappearance of little Callum Reid whilst coping with her own young son’s diagnosis with autism.
Following an annual neighbourhood barbecue, Claire and Daniel Reid frantically search for Callum when they awake to find him missing. Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge, Coronation Street) and Darren Boyd (Case Sensitive, Dirk Gently) play the young couple living in hope that their son will one day be found.
Five years on, Arcadian Gardens is a very different place. An address synonymous with tragedy. The grief-stricken parents and their neighbours lives were torn apart by the events of that weekend, not least that of Callum’s big brother, Luke.
Then, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of his disappearance, Callum’s body is discovered, buried only yards from his own front door. And the nightmare begins all over again.
DCI Maggie Brand leads the new investigation. Pregnant when Callum went missing, debilitating morning sickness had forced her to step down from the original investigation. Her son, Sam, was born only a few months after Callum disappeared. Now he’s starting school and Maggie has to deal with her own feelings of loss, as she confronts the reality that her little boy is very different to the other children in his class. Driven by her obsession to discover what happened to Callum, Maggie leaves no stone unturned in piecing together the events of that fateful night.