The Cry: episode guide

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Episode 1.01

UK: Sunday, September 30, 2018 (BBC One)
Australia: Sunday, February 03, 2019 (ABC)
Written by Jacquelin Perske
Directed by Glendyn Ivin

Joanna (Jenna Coleman) and Alistair (Ewen Leslie) are a young couple forced to face unthinkable circumstances under the white light of public scrutiny, changing their lives and their relationship forever.

A young couple, Joanna and Alistair, travel from Scotland to Australia with their baby son Noah. They’re going to Melbourne to see Alistair’s mother, Elizabeth and to fight for custody of Alistair’s fourteen-year-old daughter Chloe. Alistair’s Australian ex-wife Alexandra, fled back to Australia with her daughter when she discovered Alistair was having an affair with Joanna.

Joanna is struggling with life as a new mum and the flight to Melbourne is horrendous. Noah cries the whole way, to the dismay of their fellow travellers. Exhausted and emotional Joanna loses her temper, holding Noah out in front of her and yelling at the other passengers. Alistair wakes and comes to the rescue, but not before many of the passengers have formed an opinion of the type of mother Joanna must be.

Another period in time and Joanna is being questioned by a psychiatrist. She appears in court, on trial for an unknown crime. Her friend Kirsty testifies.

The couple finally arrive in Melbourne and make their way to their rental cottage in Wilde Bay, not far from Elizabeth’s. Later, they drive to Elizabeth’s for dinner, stopping at a convenience store on the way. Joanna joins Alistair in the shop for a moment, leaving Noah sleeping in the car and when they return their baby is missing.


  • Jenna Coleman as Joanna
  • Ewen Leslie as Alistair
  • Asher Keddie as Alexandra
  • Alex Dimitriades as Detective Peter Alexiades
  • Sophie Kennedy Clark as Kirsty
  • Markella Kavenagh as Chloe
  • Shareena Clanton as Detective Lorna Jones
  • Stella Gonet as Elizabeth


  • Kim Adis as Air Hostess
  • Moyo Akande as Defence Lawyer
  • Billierose Cachia as Police Officer Woods
  • Kate Dickie as Morven Davis
  • David Elliot as Henry McCallum
  • Nicholas Farrell as David Fossery
  • Ollie Ivin Poole as Check Out Kid
  • Sue Jones as Mrs Wilson
  • Emma King as Jane
  • Amanda Labonte as Local Woman
  • Shauna MacDonald as Dr Wallace
  • Michael Morley as Fish & Chip Shop Owner
  • Anneika Rose as Jean Louise Talbot
  • Amanda Walker as Mrs Amery