The Secrets (miniseries)

The Secrets is a British drama television miniseries first broadcast on BBC One in 2014. The five-part series, made by Working Title Television, is directed by Dominic Savage.[1][2][3] The writers are Elinor Cook, Nick Payne, Ben Ockrent and Sarah Solemani.[4]

The Secrets
Written by
Directed byDominic Savage
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes5 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Guy Heeley
CinematographyMatt Gray BSC
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Working Title Television
Original network
Picture format16:9 1080i
Original release7 September (2014-09-07) 
12 September 2014 (2014-09-12)

Each 30-minute episode begins by revealing a different secret and then exploring the repercussions on the characters involved.[5]


Filming began on 23 January 2014 in London.[6] The producer is Guy Heeley and executive producers are Juliette Howell, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan and Lucy Richer.[7] The Secrets was commissioned by Danny Cohen and Ben Stephenson.[8][9]


# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1"The Dilemma"Dominic SavageNick Payne7 September 2014 (2014-09-07)

A vet has to decide whether or not to euthanase her mother, who has terminal cancer.

Starring: Olivia Colman, Alison Steadman and Steve Oram
2"The Conversation"Dominic SavageSarah Solemani8 September 2014 (2014-09-08)

On the eve of their wedding, a man tells his fiancée that his previous girlfriend accused him of rape.

Starring: Sarah Solemani
3"The Visitor"Dominic SavageBen Ockrent9 September 2014 (2014-09-09)

A young man who lives in London with his adoptive family is found by a woman who claims to be the younger biological sister he was unaware of. Saying she has run away from her dysfunctional parents in Southend, she follows him home and wants to move in, but his family is suspicious.

Starring: Helen Baxendale, Anthony Flanagan, Anthony Welsh, Charlie Rowe and Paige Meade.
4"The Lie"Dominic SavageElinor Cook10 September 2014 (2014-09-10)

By accident, a woman discovers that her husband lives a double life and has a child by another woman.

Starring: Joanne Froggatt, Ben Chaplin and Emilia Fox
5"The Return"Dominic SavageNick Payne12 September 2014 (2014-09-12)

A policeman is happy when his brother is released from prison, but the brother also loves his wife and trouble ensues.

Starring: Ashley Walters, Pippa Bennett-Warner and Tosin Cole


  1. Denham, Jess (4 March 2014). "Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt cast in new BBC drama The Secrets". The Independent. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  2. Drewett, Meg (4 March 2014). "Joanne Froggatt, Ben Chaplin, Emilia Fox join BBC One's The Secrets". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  3. Barraclough, Leo (23 January 2014). "Working Title Television Produces 'The Secrets' for BBC". Variety. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  4. Wiseman, Andreas (23 January 2014). "BBC greenlights Working Title drama". Screen Daily. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  5. Vassell, Nicole (8 September 2014). "The Secrets, episode two, review: 'short, sharp and clever'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  6. Eames, Tom (23 January 2014). "Olivia Colman, Alison Steadman for five-part BBC One drama The Secrets". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  7. Creamer, Jon (4 March 2014). "Cast confirmed for Dominic Savage drama, The Secrets". Televisual. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  8. "Major new drama talent strand The Secrets confirms new writers, stellar cast and director". BBC. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  9. Considine, Pippa (24 January 2014). "BBC launches new writers strand with Working Title". Televisual. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
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