Control Room star teases instant twist in exciting new series

BBC’s new thriller series The Control Room begins on Sunday, with the three-part series starring Iain De Caestecker as Gabe, an emergency manager who gets a call from a woman in distress who seems the to know.

De Caestecker recently spoke with and other outlets about the new show, and suggested viewers get a nonstop thrilling experience full of twists and turns.

De Caestecker said, “From the first scene, there’s a big twist that propels you forward, but I think there’s something that happens halfway through episode one where it really picks up speed, I remember when I was reading it my heart was really racing, and I showed it to a few friends and they both jumped off the couch. What’s the reaction you want, right? ?

“And after that point, all of that, I think it doesn’t end. I think it’s just relentless, there’s just no time to breathe.”

Iain De Caestecker and Joanna Vanderham in The Control Room BBC/Hartswood Films/Anne Binckebanck/Matt Burlem

Meanwhile, De Caestecker co-star Joanna Vanderham, who plays a mysterious character called Sam, said the series was not only full of twists and turns, but also full of heart and compelling characters.

Vanderham said: “I think audiences are really used to this kind of instant gratification where something has to happen every 30 seconds. And I think what’s been done really well with this show is that she makes you feel like that, like you can’t turn away, but at the same time it’s a really human story.

“He’s got that kind of thrill factor, but he’s actually really driven by the characters and you just want them to succeed, and you want to watch them and you want to be with them. And that’s kind of there where his heart lies.”

The series also stars Sharon Rooney and Daniel Portman and comes from Hartswood Films, which has been behind series such as Sherlock, Dracula and upcoming shows Inside Man and The Devil’s Hour.

The Control Room will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Sunday July 17 at 9 p.m. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our TV guide or visit our dedicated drama hub for the latest news.

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