The Children is a three-part thriller first shown on ITV on 1 September 2008. Starring Kevin Whately and Geraldine Somerville, and written by Lucy Gannon, the story focuses on the murder of an eight-year-old girl, who is found on the patio of her home, and the subsequent investigation to discover which one of the adults who cared for her could have killed her. The series was released on DVD on 26 December 2008.
The series centres on the dysfunctional lives of Cameron (Kevin Whately), Sue (Geraldine Somerville), Sue's daughter, Emily (Sinead Michael), Sue's ex-husband and DJ Paul (Ian Puleston-Davies), his new girlfriend Natasha (Kate Ashfield), Cameron's ex-wife Anne (Lesley Sharp) and their son Jack (Freddie Boath). The main plot follows Cameron's family life at home, dealing with life living as a step family. The plot is told in a backwards flashback mode. Arguments and tensions rise throughout the story, and eventually, following her strange and naughty behaviour, little Emily is killed. Any one of the adults could have been responsible - and were all placed at the scene.