When Keeley Hawes delivered a career-changing performance on Line of Duty, she was dubbed “Steely Keeley.”
Since then she has been “Steamy Keeley” on “Bodyguard”, “Weepy Keeley” on “The Missing”, “Dreamy Keeley” on “The Durrells” and “Touchy-Feely Keeley” on “Finding Alice”.
Spring, The Midwich Cuckoos (Sky Max) announced the arrival of Deeply Creepy Keeley. This sparkling remake of John Wyndham’s 1957 science fiction novel was not recommended for those with a nervous disposition. Certainly not when they are pregnant.
The chocolate-box commuter village of Midwich – it appeared to be close to Aylesbury if you want to check property prices – panicked as the power went off and people passed out. Waking up, every woman of childbearing age was inexplicably pregnant. It struck local child psychologist Dr. Susannah Zellaby (Hawes) and the police chief
DCI Paul Haynes (Max Beesley) to find out what was going on.
Seven months later (not nine, note) the babies were born at exactly the same time. They had intense vision, telepathic gifts, and grew at an alarming rate. What were these parasites planning? Why look out of the windows so much? And why wear such unconvincing wigs?
David Farr, author of The Night Manager, updated Wyndham’s Cold War classic into a modern parable about parenting and mental health, divisions in society and the enemy within. The feeling of being a little off was reinforced by otherworldly visual flourishes: a silent disco, flickering lights, stray horses galloping down the main street. Hawes was the standout performer, although Samuel West later taught as a government spy who came to conduct clandestine experiments.
Here folk horror meets homely noir, with the enviably impeccable interiors of those “kitchen island dramas” that are all the rage these days. When the townsfolk fell under the spell of the kids, it all went a little bit like Stepford Wives. Also echoes of the French drama The Returned, which also featured zombie children.
These devilish little darlings were suitably unsettling, even if their bright eyes and grown-up haircuts made up much of the acting burden. All seven episodes can be viewed now. No spoilers but enough
To say the least, after a mid-series slump, the show blossoms into a gripping conspiracy thriller with a pleasantly explosive finale. Rise Creepy Keeley, Queen of Cuckoo Land.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2022/06/02/midwich-cuckoos-review-steel-creepy-keeley-zombie-kids/ steel yourself for Creepy Keeley and the zombie kids