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Series 1, Episode 1

Boat Story. Image shows left to right: Janet (Daisy Haggard), Samuel (Paterson Joseph)
When two strangers discover a haul of cocaine on a washed-up boat, luck soon turns to misfortune as they become the targets of a vengeful mob boss, his hit man and the police.

Broadcast details

Sunday 19th November 2023
60 minutes


Cast & crew

Daisy Haggard Janet
Paterson Joseph Samuel
Tchéky Karyo The Tailor
Craig Fairbrass Guy
Joanna Scanlan Pat Tooh
Ethan Lawrence Ben Tooh
Michele Austin Camilla Wells
Oliver Sheridan Alan Jeffries
Craig Kelly Peter Jeffries
Danielle Warwick Suzie Jeffries
Cherie Gordon Anya Wells
Nigel Betts Superintendent Hodgson
Rick S Carr Dennis
Olafur Darri Olafsson Narrator
Guest cast
Jonas Armstrong Pat Tooh
Jude Coward Nicoll Boy 1
Daya Singh Athwal Boy 2
Maxwell Whitelock Boy 3
Nigel Collins Keith
John Henshaw Nigel
Rom Blanco French Man
Kyle Abdullah Mark Finch
Simon Meacock Stallholder
Kate Dickie Katia
Matt Jamie Mr Stanley
Joseph Akubeze The Tailor's Client
Danny Kirrane Harold
Benedict Shaw PC Colin Newton
Becky Bowe PC Sarah Critchley
Kenton Thomas PC Mick Halcrow
Jordan Ford Silver Jason
Writing team
Harry Williams Writer
Jack Williams Writer
Sam Stockbridge Script Editor
Catriona Renton Story Producer
Production team
Harry Williams Director
Jack Williams Director
Matthew Bird Producer
Harry Williams Executive Producer
Jack Williams Executive Producer
Christopher Aird (as Chris Aird) Executive Producer
Sarah Hammond Executive Producer
Daniel Walker Executive Producer
Tommy Bulfin Executive Producer
Nawfal Faizullah Executive Producer
Nadia Jaynes Co-producer
Matt Jennings Associate Producer
Charlene Short Editor
Scott Bird Production Designer
Gary Davy Casting Director
Nicci Topping Casting Director
Árni Filippusson Director of Photography
John Krausa Costume Designer
Nic Collins Make-up Designer
Dominik Scherrer Composer
Francis Scott Graphics


Boat Story's shocking opening leans on one of TV's most irritating clichés

The dark BBC One crime drama opens with a grisly flash-forward. It's a trope that's been used to death in recent years - and viewers are starting to see through it, writes Louis Chilton.

Louis Chilton, The Independent, 21st November 2023

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