Everything you need to know about Vicky McClure’s new drama, Insomnia

Everything you need to know about Vicky McClure's new drama, Insomnia

by Arabella Horspool |
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You may know her from hit shows such as Line of Duty, Trigger Point, and This Is England. Now, actress Vicky McClure is leading the cast of Insomnia, a new drama on Paramount Plus based on Sarah Pinborough's bestselling book.

What is the series Insomnia about?

In Insomnia, Vicky McClure (Without Sin) plays Emma Averill, a career-driven woman who seems to have the perfect life she's worked hard for until she begins to fear that she's losing her mind.

The synopsis says: "A couple of weeks before her 40th birthday, Emma stops sleeping - just as her mother had done right before she suffered a violent psychotic breakdown on the night of her own 40th birthday. Emma’s mother always told her she’d go the same way, that she had the same 'bad blood', and now Emma’s terrified it’s true."

"As events worsen, Emma’s world starts to unravel, and she realises that only by investigating the truth of her painful past can she find the answers to her present and prevent tragedy from striking a second time."

Paramount+ have released some first look images and from what we can tell so far, this is certainly going to be a suspenseful, psychological thriller.

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Insomnia trailer

The trailer for Insomnia has finally landed and it's very eerie! It begins with Emma (played by Vicky) joking to her son that she's a monster living in their house, before she slowly starts to lose control of her actions as a sense of confusion and panic set in (from being unable to sleep).

Who is in the Insomnia cast?

Other stars joining Trigger Point's Vicky McClure in this highly-anticipated drama include:

Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) as Emma's husband, Robert Averill.

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Leanne Best (Young Wallander, Cold Feet) as Phoebe, Emma's estranged sister.

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Lyndsey Marshal (Inside Man), as Caroline, a confidante and friend of Emma's.

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Corrina Marlowe (Hysteria) can be seen playing Emma's mother.

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India Fowler (The Nevers) Smylie Bradwell (Wisting) play Chloe and Will, Emma and Tom's children.

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Michelle Bonnard (Unforgotten) is DI Hildreth, Robert Gilbert (Killing Eve) is Faisal, and Dominic Tighe (Suspicion) and Jade Harrison (Wedding Season) also appear in the series, playing the Averill family’s close friends Julian and Michelle Simpson.

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When is the start date for Insomnia?

Insomnia consists of six episodes and it will be debuting exclusively on Paramount+ on Thursday 23rd May, so we don't have long to wait!

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Is Insomnia based on a book?

The show has been adapted from the book of the same name, created by the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author, Sarah Pinborough. If you're a bookworm, you might want to give it a read and then see how it compares to the show once it's out.

Sarah Pinborough has also written Behind Her Eyes, which was made into a series for Netflix.

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Arabella Horspool is a Commercial Content Writer for Yours at Bauer Media. She's a bookworm who enjoys cooking and spending time with her many pets.

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