Cape Wrath (TV series)

Cape Wrath
The show's UK intertitle
Also known as 'Meadowlands'
Country of origin United Kingdom
United States
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 8
Running time approx. 45 minutes
Production company(s) Ecosse Films
Original network Showtime (US)
Channel 4/E4 (UK)
Original release USA: 17 June – 5 August 2007
UK: 10 July 2007 – 7 August 2007
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Cape Wrath (Meadowlands in the United States) is a British drama television series produced by Ecosse Films which focuses on a family trying to escape its past while confronting an even more uncertain future. The series opens with Danny (David Morrissey) and Evelyn Brogan (Lucy Cohu) along with their two teenage children Zoe (Felicity Jones) and Mark (Harry Treadaway) entering a witness protection programme, moving to a bucolic neighbourhood, Meadowlands, to begin a new life. Picturesque and crime-free, Meadowlands appears to be a suburban paradise where the Brogan family can start a new life. However they soon realise that it is not so easy to escape the past and their haven becomes a world of paranoia and psychological intrigue with surprises around every corner.

The series is produced by Ecosse Films for Channel 4 in the UK and Showtime in the US, and premièred in the United States on 17 June 2007 at 22:00 EST, on Showtime. The United Kingdom première was on 10 July 2007 at 22:00 BST on Channel 4.

During its original broadcast run on Showtime, the background of a character's life before they moved to Meadowlands (including their real name) was revealed on the show's official website following each episode airing. Due to low ratings Channel 4 confirmed that a second series would not be commissioned.[1]

Filming Locations

The production filmed in Kent and were based at a warehouse close to The Maidstone Studios where they built many of the interior sets. Meadowlands is actually The Lakes, a new housing development next to Leybourne Lakes Country Park. Kings Hill features as the local town centre. Other locations used include The Kings Hill Golf Course, Wye College and Maidstone Leisure Centre.[2]

The post production was carried out in London at St Anne's post production house.


The Brogans

Other characters



#EpisodeWriterDirectorOriginal airdate (US)Original airdate (UK)
01"Episode 1"Robert MurphyDuane Clark17 June 2007 (2007-06-17)10 July 2007 C4[3]
The Brogans arrive at Meadowlands and meet their neighbours: bad boy handyman Jack Donnelly, vivacious and bubbly Brenda, and general practitioner Dr. York, all of whom harbour secrets as potentially devastating as the Brogans' themselves.
02"Episode 2"Robert MurphyDuane Clark24 June 2007 (2007-06-24)10 July 2007 C4[3]
A day that begins with hope for the future ends with tragedy when Mark's experimentation with cross-dressing results in a brutal attack that leaves him traumatized again and Danny reeling from his own murderous rage.
03"Episode 3"Christopher DunlopDuane Clark30 June 2007 (2007-06-30)10 July 2007[4]
Local cop Wintersgill becomes suspicious of Jack Donnelly's absence and begins investigating his disappearance, while Danny and Mark struggle to keep Jack's murder a secret.
04"Episode 4"Robert MurphyDuane Clark8 July 2007 (2007-07-08)17 July 2007
A vicious psychological game of cat and mouse ensues between Danny and Wintersgill, as Mark has a charged encounter with neighbour Brenda and Evelyn learns a shocking truth that affects both her past and future.
05"Episode 5"Chris Denne
Joel Jenkins
Paul Walker15 July 2007 (2007-07-15)24 July 2007
Danny's handlers frame Ormond for Jack's murder, while Evelyn pleads with Dr. York to lie about Danny's fertility test results, and Zoe undertakes an investigation of Jack's death with the help of former journalist Tom Tyrell.
06"Episode 6"Robert MurphyPaul Walker22 July 2007 (2007-07-22)31 July 2007
Danny attempts to decipher the truth about Cape Wrath, while Samantha's visit with her dying father reveals more of the history behind Meadowlands, and the romantic triangle between York, Abigail and Evelyn takes a disturbing turn.
07"Episode 7"Christopher DunlopAndrew Gunn29 July 2007 (2007-07-29)7 August 2007
Danny launches a desperate plan to escape from Meadowlands with his family, while York becomes increasingly unhinged and demands sexual favours from Evelyn in exchange for keeping her secret.
08"Episode 8"Robert MurphyAndrew Gunn5 August 2007 (2007-08-05)7 August 2007[5]
Season finale. The painful truth about Danny's relationship to his children is finally revealed, as is the shocking location of Meadowlands — but his escape plan gets a hand from a most unlikely source.

Notes and references

  1. Hemley, Matthew (28 August 2007). "Edinburgh bites: Cape Wrath no, Marchioness no, Jekyll maybe". The Stage. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
  2. Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Cape Wrath Article".
  3. 1 2 Episodes one and two were edited together into a single 77-minute episode when first broadcast on Channel 4
  4. From Episode 3 onwards episodes were broadcast on Channel 4's digital-only channel E4 as part of its "First Look" strand, immediately following the showing of the previous episode on the parent channel Channel 4.
  5. This episode was shown straight after episode 7 on E4. Due to it being shown after, it was technically shown on 8 August 2007 at 00:05.
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