David Tennant is set to return to US screens next month alongside Cush Jumbo in the new psychological drama Deadwater Fell.
The series, which is set in Scotland, sees Tennant as the aspirational Dr. Tom Kendrick. Kendrick and his school teacher wife Kate (Anna Madeley) are parents to three little girls. The couple’s best friends are school teacher Jess Milner (Jumbo) and police sergeant Steve Campbell (Matt McNulty). When Kate and her daughters are found dead along with an unconscious Tom as their home burns around them, all signs point to the fact that they were murdered by someone they knew, and Jess’ search for answers forces her to reconsider her friendship with Kate and her own life.
Cush Jumbo, best known for her starring role as attorney Lucca Quinn in The Good Wife and the spinoff series The Good Fight, sat down with EW to discuss the new series.
Explaining what drew her to this project, Jumbo said, “The fabulous page turning script. It was focusing on issues that I thought were dramatic and also really timely, and a close female friendship where you’re not quite sure how deep that friendship goes if they can’t really tell each other everything and this idea of psychological manipulation and psychological abuse.”
It also allowed the English actress to play someone who was not like her previous character. “What I loved about Jess is that she’s actually the eyes of the viewer. They’re watching this story and the truth of what has happened unfold through her. She’s only gradually, step by step working out what is true and what is fake. I loved the idea of being able to play someone who was only discovering things step by step,” says Jumbo. “She’s also not your traditional hero or heroine in anyway. She’s somebody who finds herself kind of stuck in a situation where she’s kind of procrastinating about life. She is with someone she loves, but the relationship is in trouble [and] the IVF isn’t working. She doesn’t quite know how she ended up in this village with this life that doesn’t quite feel like it’s hers. She’s at a crossroads.”
Deadwater Fell was created by Grantchester‘s Daisy Coulam, and is directed by Lynsey Miller. Miller was 2AD on Suffragette.
The series received rave reviews in the UK when it aired back in January, with some calling it a “complex and fascinating mystery.” The Radio Times said, “While Deadwater Fell might initially sound like another case of ‘disposable woman’ in the crime genre, writer Daisy Coulam deserves recognition for elevating the character of Kate above such a trope.”
Deadwater Fell will premiere on April 6th in the USA on Acorn TV.