Hollington Drive backlash: Star defends series as viewers blast plot

Hollington Drive: ITV releases gripping teaser for new thriller

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Hollington Drive has been airing on ITV and the murder mystery has two sisters at its heart. Theresa (played by Anna Maxwell Martin) and Helen (Rachael Stirling) drive the story forward as they believe their children are involved in a schoolboy’s disappearance. Actress Maxwell Martin spoke to Express.co.uk and other media about how the TV show is not another “cookie-cutter drama”.

Hollington Drive is a chilling series about a 10-year-old boy who goes missing after playing with other children in his street.

At first, Theresa and her sister Helen fear the worst as their children were the last people to see him alive.

However, as Theresa takes it upon herself to delve deeper into the investigation, she uncovers some truths that change her perspective.

While many fans have praised the miniseries for its unpredictable twists and turns, others have left criticism.

Taking to Twitter to share their thoughts, Kim Eagle said: “I keep watching because I want to know who killed Alex, but it’s just not very good, is it? I’m losing the will to live #HollingtonDrive.”

Newt said: “Me waiting for something to actually happen in #HollingtonDrive.”

Peter Horner chimed in with: “I’m struggling to think of anything more boring than #HollingtonDrive I’m for once actually pleased there adverts which are more interesting.”

Ahead of the show’s release, actress Maxwell Martin defended the series, praising it for its unique angle and saying it is not just another ‘child goes missing’ drama.

Speaking highly of writer Sophie Petzal and director Carolina Giammetta, she said: “I think it’s important to understand in Sophie’s writing and what Carolina brings to it in terms of her directing that it is much more nuanced than that.

“And it’s really exciting to be part of something like that, not a cookie-cutter ‘oh god another child goes missing’ drama, which this is not.

“This is about people and relationships and oddness, it’s such a brilliant ensemble cast.

“I mean just such interesting, fun, kind people. Jodie [McNee – who plays Jean] was absolutely phenomenal at carrying most of the emotional weight of that stuff.

“She’s brilliant and accessed that really well, and they cast our kids so brilliantly as well.

“They had quite a big mantle on their shoulders as well. We were really lucky to have such brilliantly weird, intricate actors that brought a lot of oddness and humour and that’s what I really enjoyed about it.”

Writer Petzal said she was conscious she didn’t want any questions to lead the audience in a certain direction.

She said: “I always like to begin in a story with a dilemma, I like stories that have questions that make you feel uncomfortable.

“That don’t lecture and tell you ‘this is what you would do’, but make you kind of eat your dinner afterwards going ‘what WOULD I do?’

“Even if you don’t sympathise you feel compelled or intrigued by it.

“I’m aware of the sensitivity around, particularly in television at the moment, missing children as catalysts for drama.

“What was interesting about writing this as well was that we are not following a character investigating anything.

“This is a mystery that unfolds in the background.”

The show’s executive producer, Jonathan Fisher, reiterated how the series is not focussed on the police investigation itself.

He said: “We didn’t want it to feel like a police procedural series. We wanted the sisters to be at the heart.”

Jim Howick plays Detective Parks in the series, but his investigation happens mostly off-screen in the periphery.

The show’s finale airs tonight and it will mark the end of the four-part drama.

Hollington Drive airs on Wednesdays on ITV at 9pm.

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