Matthew Gurney, Lara Peake lead BBC Reunion

By Michael Pickard
May 16, 2024


Matthew Gurney, Lara Peake, Anne-Marie Duff, Eddie Marsan and Rose Ayling- Ellis have been cast in BBC series Reunion, a four-part thriller now filming in Sheffield.

William Mager

Written by Sheffield-born deaf writer William Mager, it is described as an emotional thriller of revenge and redemption following the journey of Daniel Brennan, a deaf man determined to right his wrongs, while unravelling the truth behind the events that led him to prison.

The BBC heralds the series as a milestone in inclusive storytelling, with the majority of cast and many members of the crew being deaf or using British Sign Language (BSL).

Gurney (Name Me Lawand) leads the cast as recently released prisoner Daniel Brennan. Brennan embodies the struggle of a man caught between two worlds, unable to fully integrate into the hearing world and shunned by his closest friends and the wider deaf community following his heinous crime. Amidst this isolation, Brennan’s only meaningful relationship is with his estranged daughter Carly (Peake, How to Have Sex), who he has not had any contact with since his arrest over a decade ago.

Clockwise from top left: Matthew Gurney, Lara Peake, Anne-Marie Duff and Rose Ayling-Ellis

Duff (Bad Sisters) is Christine, desperate to find Brennan and get to the truth of what he did, alongside Marsan (Back to Black) as Stephen Renworth, Christine’s protective boyfriend. Ayling-Ellis (Summer of Rockets) will play Miri, her daughter.

The cast will also include Stephen Collins (Dune: Part One) as Sean, Ace Mahbaz (Small World) as Ray Mokhtar, Sophie Stone (The Chelsea Detective) as Naomi Brennan, Olive Gray (Halo) as Anna Shenford, Joe Sims (Broadchurch) as Joe Summers.

The series is directed by Luke Snellin (One Day, Wanderlust), with Helen Ostler (The Last Kingdom, Crime) as producer, and Siobhan Morgan (Waterloo Road, Hollyoaks) as associate producer.

Mark Herbert (Four Lions, The Virtues, This is England) and Gwen Gorst (Unforgotten, A Discovery of Witches) are executive producers for Warp Films, alongside Mager, with Rebecca Ferguson and Jo McClellan for the BBC. BBC Studios will distribute the series internationally.

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