When Vicky McClure is the protagonist in a new TV show, you know it’s going to be a good one. From Line of Duty to Trigger Point and Broadchurch, she has an impressive track record of addictive dramas. The latest? Insomnia: a new thriller from Paramount+ inspired by Sarah Pinborough’s novel of the same name. Here’s everything we know so far about the six-part series.
Insomnia: Everything We Know So Far
Anyone who has suffered with insomnia knows just how troubling it can be. And when successful career woman Emma Averill (McClure) finds herself struggling to sleep a few weeks before her 40th birthday, things quickly begin to unravel.
As the official synopsis reads: ‘A couple of weeks before her 40th birthday, Emma stops sleeping — just as her mother had done right before she suffered a violent psychotic breakdown on the night of her own 40th birthday.
‘Emma’s mother always told her she’d go the same way, that she had the same “bad blood”, and now Emma’s terrified it’s true. As events worsen, Emma’s world starts to unravel, and she realises that only by investigating the truth of her painful past can she find the answers to her present and prevent tragedy from striking a second time.’
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McClure stars alongside Tom Cullen (The Gold, Downtown Abbey), who plays Emma’s husband Robert. Leanne Best (The Walk-In) plays her estranged sister Phoebe, who mysteriously arrives in town, while Corinna Marlowe (Hysteria) takes on the role of Emma’s mother. Smylie Bradwell (Wisting) and India Fowler (The Nevers) will play Emma and Robert’s children Will and Chloe.
The cast also includes Dominic Tighe (Suspicion) and Jade Harrison (Wedding Season) as Emma and Robert’s friends Julian and Michelle Simpson, plus Lyndsey Marshal as another friend Caroline.
McClure said: ‘Myself and BYO Films are really excited to be working alongside Left Bank on Insomnia. It’s a very different role for me, Sarah Pinborough has written such an exciting script. We have a fantastic cast, crew and production team all set for a very fulfilling few months ahead.’
The series has just started filming, and is set to be released in 2024 on Paramount+.