Keeley Hawes and Max Beesley star in this 2022 version of John Wyndham’s classic sci-fi horror novel The Midwich Cuckoos.
The Midwich Cuckoos, a new adaptation of John Wyndham’s famous sci-fi novel, is coming to Sky and NOW TV on Thursday, June 2.
The series, which stars Keeley Hawes and Max Beesley, is about a strange turn of events where everyone in a small town falls unconscious and all the women suddenly wake up pregnant.
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 twilight hours of a summer’s day, when a sleepy corner of Midwich sinks into panic.”
“People pass out on their feet without warning, for no reason. When the mysterious blackout is lifted, the lives of those affected return to apparent normality, except that all women of childbearing age within the area suddenly and inexplicably become pregnant.
“A terrifying force is building in the comfortable streets of Midwich,” the synopsis continues. “These children, potential parasites, thrive under the same love and care that their families provide them. Who are these children? And what do they want?
Who stars in The Midwich Cuckoos?
Keeley Hawes plays Dr. Susannah Zellaby, a psychotherapist who arrives by plane to help those affected in Midwich. Hawes is best known for appearing in Line of Duty and Ashes to Ashes, but you might also recognize her from her appearances in Bodyguard, Doctor Who, It’s A Sin, and Spooks.
Max Beesley plays DCI Paul Kirby, a police officer tasked with keeping order in Midwich. He may recognize Beesley from a leading role in Sky’s historical drama Jamestown, or from appearing in the American drama Homeland.
Synnøve Karlsen plays Cassie Zellaby, Susannah’s daughter. Karlsen has previously starred in Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, as well as BBC Three’s 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 has 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, as well as the Amazon Prime series Hanna.
The Midwhich Cuckoos was directed by Jennifer Perrott, Alice Troughton and Börkur Sigþórsson. Perrott and Troughton have directed episodes of Doctor Who: Perrott was behind the Whittaker-era episodes Kerblam and The Witchfinders, and Troughton worked on the Tennant Midnight and The Doctor’s Daugher-era episodes, while Sigþórsson has directed episodes of Baptiste and Trapped.
Is there a trailer?
Yes there are. You can see it right here.
When and how can I watch The Midwich Cuckoos?
The Midwich Cuckoos will be available to watch on Sky Max on Thursday June 2. All eight episodes will be available to stream as a boxset on NOW TV beginning Friday, June 3.
How many episodes does The Midwich Cuckoos have?
The Midwich Cuckoos will have a total of eight episodes, each one hour long.
Is it based on a book?
Yes! The Midwich Cuckoos is based on the novel of the same name by John Wyndham, first published in 1957. Another famous Wyndham novel that you may be familiar with is Day of the Triffids.
The Midwich Cuckoos have been adapted into a movie twice: there’s the 1960 film Village of the Damned and the 1995 remake, again called The Village of the Damned.
Why should you watch The Midwich Cuckoos?
It’s an appropriately creepy story, with evocative ideas and images at its heart that have stood the test of time for a reason.