TV Review: The Secrets She Keeps (BBC One) – Season One

Adapted from the award-winning book by Michael Robotham and aired on BBC One in July 2020, The Secrets She Keeps is a six-part drama which follows two women – Agatha (Laura Carmichael) and Meghan (Jessica De Gouw) – from vastly different walks of life who hold one thing in common – explosive secrets that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to conceal the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in one shocking act that cannot be undone.

Rating:

I don’t know why I like a BBC drama more when it’s Australian, but there’s just something that instantly draws me. And The Secrets She Keeps was no different. I was hooked straight away.

A gripping thriller with a compelling narrative, strong performances, serious drama and plenty of mystery, you will want to watch this engaging and psychological drama in one sitting.

The central premise of two women being willing to do whatever it takes to conceal their truth is powerful and although both women behave wrongly, you can’t help but feel the power of the emotional drive behind their actions. There’s a really harrowing subplot and I wish we got to see more of Agatha’s past to sympathise with her a little more, not that she entirely deserved any sympathy but it was obvious that she was incredibly desperate to do what she did.

The performances are all excellent. I haven’t seen Laura Carmichael or Jessica De Gouw in anything before but their lead performances were flawless and are what will keep you so invested.

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