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The Nest Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Stars: Martin Compston, Liz Ewing, Sophie Rundle
The topic of surrogacy, with its myriad levels of rights, practicalities and ethics, is a complex beast for any writer to throw themselves into. Based on several episodes of The Nest, it’s clear that screenwriter Nicole Taylor (Wild Rose) has made sure every nook and each cranny has been explored to cut off any accusations of half-bakedness. But a socially-aware drama is not necessarily how this BBC series is being touted, with a ‘thriller’ tag attached presumably not to turn off some viewers who might recoil at the prospect of a ‘worthy’ Sunday night drama.
Emily (Sophie Rundle) and Dan (Martin Compston) are at the end of the baby-making road with one more egg left in the tank after their latest surrogate (his sister Hilary) suffers a miscarriage. By some stroke of fortune, Hilary (Fiona Bell) is a nurse who was treating Kaya (Mirren Mack) when she started to bleed. Kaya, you see, was in hospital after bashing up her knee after running out in front of Emily’s car.
From there the obvious course of events is for Kaya to play on Emily’s sympathies and ignore Dan’s passive-aggression to become their last-ditch foetus-carrier. Except, there’s some dark stuff lurking in Kaya’s past which threatens the karma which Dan and Emily have cultivated in their ludicrously hygge home. As this is a Glasgow-set drama, Compston can thankfully ditch his Line of Duty mockney accent and don his beloved Celtic top without any accusations firing his way of inauthenticity, and there’s similarly no problem with his English-rose wife saying ‘Bishopbriggs’ as though it’s two words.
While there’s no doubting the levels of research that have been undertaken toward getting the details on surrogacy right, the twists and turns within this five-parter are eyebrow-raising to say the least. The audience is treated as adults regarding surrogacy issues one minute, but considered to be imbeciles the next as though it’s quite impossible for us to remember crucial story developments from one episode to the next. So the image of a person whose body is fished out of the Clyde keeps flashing in front of us whenever they are subsequently mentioned as though our collective memories have been utterly shot to pieces: perhaps the makers of The Nest forgot the ‘Previously On’ facility which is ready-made to help us catch up.
With its cliffhangers and teaser elements, The Nest will almost certainly keep viewers hooked to the bitter end. That’s a testament to Nicole Taylor and her team even if we might have forgotten about this drama by the time we emerge from isolation.
Line of Duty star Martin Compston is known for playing DS Steve Arnott in Jed Mercurio’s police thriller, but now he’s starring alongside Gentleman Jack and Peaky Blinders star Sophie Rundle in new series The Nest.
The pacy and thrilling five-part show is written by BAFTA-winning Nicole Taylor. Here’s what you need to know.
The Nest: What’s it about?
“Dan (Compston) and Emily (Rundle) are crazy about each other. They live in a huge house in a beautiful location just outside Glasgow and want for nothing. All that’s missing is a baby – and they’ve been trying for years,” a synopsis for the series reads.
“Through a chance encounter they meet Kaya (Mirren Mack), an 18-year-old from the other side of the city, whose life is as precarious at theirs is comfortable. When Kaya agrees to carry their baby, it feels like they were meant to meet, but was it really by chance?”
The series will explore who Kaya is and what brought her to the couple.
“The Nest is an emotional thriller about love and money, and the price of being able to buy whatever you want.”
Martin said of the project when it was announced: “I’m absolutely delighted to join the cast of The Nest. Nicole Taylor is one of the most exciting and original voices in writing today, I’m chuffed we’re finally working together. Combined with filming in Glasgow and going back onto BBC One in my native west coast accent makes it a dream scenario.”
The Nest: Who’s in it?
As well as Compston, Rundle and Mack, the series – produced by Studio Lambert – stars Shirley Henderson (Stan and Ollie, Happy Valley), Katie Leung (Strangers, Chimerica), David Hayman (Hatton Garden, Fisherman’s Friends), Fiona Bell (Shetland, Acceptable Risk), James Harkness (The Victim, Wild Rose), Bailey Patrick (London Kills, Good Omens), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones, The Witch), Paul Brannigan (The Angels’ Share, Under The Skin) and Samuel Small (So Awkward, Game of Thrones).
The Nest: When’s it on TV?
The Nest has been airing on Sundays at 9pm on BBC One, but that’s changing for the final instalment.
While episodes three and four will be broadcast on Sunday 5 and Sunday 12 April, respectively, the final episode will come immediately after, on 13 April at 9pm.
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