The Midwich Cuckoos 2022: Sky release date, trailer and cast of the John Wyndham adaptation starring Keeley Hawes

Keeley Hawes and Max Beesley star in this 2022 retelling of John Wyndham’s classic science fiction horror novel The Midwich Cuckoos

The Midwich Cuckoos, a new adaptation of John Wyndham’s famous science fiction novel, comes to Sky and NOW TV on Thursday 2 June.

The series, which stars Keeley Hawes and Max Beesley, is about a strange turn of events where everyone in a small village falls unconscious – and every woman suddenly wakes up pregnant.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the Midwich Cuckoos.

What is The Midwich Cuckoos about?

The official synopsis explains that Midwich is “a place where not much happens – until the evening hours of a summer’s day when a sleepy corner of Midwich begins to panic”.

“People pass out without warning and for no reason. When the mysterious blackout is lifted, life for those affected will return to what seems normal — except that every woman of childbearing age in the Zone has suddenly and inexplicably become pregnant.”

“A frightening force is building in the leisurely streets of Midwich,” the synopsis continues. “These children — potential parasites — thrive on the love and care their families give them. Who are these children? And what do you want?”

Who is starring in The Midwich Cuckoos?

Keeley Hawes surrounded by creepy kids in yellow raincoats in The Midwich Cuckoos (Credit: Sky)

Keeley Hawes plays Dr. Susannah Zellaby, a psychotherapist flown in to help those affected from Midwich. Hawes is best known for appearing in Line of Duty and Ashes to Ashes, but you may also recognize her from appearances in Bodyguard, Doctor Who, It’s A Sin, and Spooks.

Max Beesley plays DCI Paul Kirby, a police officer tasked with maintaining order in Midwich. You might recognize Beesley from a starring role in Sky’s historical drama Jamestown or US drama Homeland.

Synnøve Karlsen plays Cassie Zellaby, Susannah’s daughter. Karlsen previously starred in Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho and the BBC Three thriller Clique.

The rest of the cast includes Ukweli Roach (Blindspot), Aisling Loftus (A Discovery of Witches), Lara Rossi (Robin Hood), Lewis Reeves (I May Destroy You), Cherrelle Skeete (Hanna), Rebekah Staton (Raised by Wolves). and Anneika Rose (Line of Duty).

Who writes and directs The Midwich Cuckoos?

David Farr adapted John Wyndham’s novel and is serving as showrunner for this new series. Farr was behind the 2016 BBC adaptation of The Night Manager and the Amazon Prime series Hanna.

The Midwhich Cuckoos is directed by Jennifer Perrott, Alice Troughton and Börkur Sigþórsson. Perrott and Troughton have both directed episodes of Doctor Who – Perrott was behind the Whittaker-era episodes of Kerblam and The Witchfinders, and Troughton worked on the Tennant-era episodes of Midnight and The Doctor’s Daugher – while Sigþórsson on episodes of Baptiste and Trapped directed.

Is there a trailer

yes there is You can watch it right here.

When and how can I watch The Midwich Cuckoos?

The Midwich Cuckoos can be viewed on Sky Max on Thursday 2 June. All eight episodes are available to stream as a boxset on NOW TV starting Friday 3 June.

How many episodes does The Midwich Cuckoos have?

The Midwich Cuckoos will have a total of eight episodes, each about an hour long.

Is it based on a book?

Yes! The Midwich Cuckoos is based on John Wyndham’s novel of the same name, which was first published in 1957. Another famous Wyndham novel that you may be familiar with is The Day of the Triffids.

The Midwich Cuckoos has been filmed twice: there’s the 1960 film Village of the Damned and the 1995 remake, which in turn is called The Village of the Damned.

Why should I watch The Midwich Cuckoos?

It’s an appropriately spooky story with powerful ideas and imagery at its heart that have stood the test of time and with good reason. The Midwich Cuckoos 2022: Sky release date, trailer and cast of the John Wyndham adaptation starring Keeley Hawes


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