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02nd Feb 2018

BBC’s disturbing new horror show is being called their most terrifying drama ever

Paul Moore

It starts tonight, don’t miss it.

In recent years, we’ve seen British TV shows rival and even surpass their American counterparts in the entertainment stakes. Peaky Blinders, Luther, Sherlock, Line of Duty, The Inbetweeners and Black Mirror were all created by British minds, but there’s one TV genre where the Yanks have excelled, horror.

In BBC’s new show, Requiem, they’re looking to end that streak and the plot sounds really interesting.

In 1994, a toddler disappears from a small Welsh village, never to be seen again.

Twenty-three years later, in London, the mother of rising cello star Matilda Gray commits suicide, without apparent reason.

Among her possessions, Matilda discovers tantalising evidence that links her mother to the little girl’s disappearance all those years ago.

As grief-stricken Matilda travels to Wales, determined to explore this mystery, she’s forced to unravel her own identity. In the process, she uncovers long buried secrets in this remote community – including one secret that’s more bizarre, terrifying and dangerous than anything she could have ever imagined.

If you’re a fan of slow-burning horror films then you’re in luck because the six-part drama takes its inspiration from the psychological horror films of the late 1960s and ‘70s – Rosemary’s Baby and Don’t Look Now have frequently been referenced.

The show’s creator and writer, Kris Mrksa, said that she’s deliberately avoiding the cliched ‘blood and guts’ approach in favour of creating something that’s more mysterious, ominous and creepy.  In terms of Requiem’s tone, she’s “talking about subtle-scary, the kind that trades on mood, and a sense of disquiet, slowly building to something that is ultimately far more disturbing and unsettling.”

We’re intrigued.

Requiem starts tonight at 9pm on BBC1 with the full series also available via the iPlayer

Here’s a look at what’s in store.