First look at new BBC drama The Listeners starring Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall as Claire in The Listeners
Rebecca Hall as Claire

The BBC has revealed first-look pictures from brand new drama The Listeners, starring Rebecca Hall (Christine, The Town, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire).

The Listeners is based on the novel by Jordan Tannahill, who has also written the adaptation, and is coming to BBC One and BBC iPlayer later in 2024.

Produced by Element Pictures (Normal People, The Favourite, Poor Things), a Fremantle company, and directed by Janicza Bravo (Zola, Poker Face, Mrs America) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, the series centres around Claire (Rebecca Hall), a popular English teacher, who begins to hear a low humming sound that no one else around her can hear.

The Listeners first look
Ollie West as Kyle and Rebecca Hall as Claire

This seemingly innocuous noise gradually upsets the balance of her life, increasing tension between herself and her husband, Paul, and daughter, Ashley. But despite multiple doctors, no obvious source or medical cause can be found.

When she discovers that a student of hers, Kyle (Ollie West – Hamnet), can also hear the sound, the two strike up an unlikely and intimate friendship.

Finding themselves increasingly isolated from their families, friends and colleagues, they fall in with a disparate group of neighbours, led by a charismatic couple, Jo and Omar, who also claim they can hear The Hum – and who believe it could be a gift, heard only by a “chosen few.”

Rebecca Hall as Claire in The Listeners
Rebecca Hall as Claire

Also starring in the series, which was filmed in Greater Manchester, are Prasanna Puwanarajah (The Crown, Ten Percent, Patrick Melrose), Amr Waked (Ramy), Gayle Rankin (Men, Perry Mason, The Greatest Showman), Mia Tharia (Phoenix Rise), Franc Ashman (The Bastard Son and the Devil Himself, Inside Man), Samuel Edward Cook (Peaky Blinders, The Gallows Pole), Karen Henthorn (Coronation Street, The Rising), Lucy Sheen (Ping Pong) and Ian Mercer (Doctors, All Creatures Great And Small).

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