The Cry: episode guide

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Episode 1.03

UK: Sunday, October 14, 2018 (BBC One)
Australia: tba (ABC)
Written by Jacquelin Perske
Directed by Glendyn Ivin

Flashing back to the day they arrived in Australia on the road from Melbourne to Wilde Bay, a distressed Joanna (Jenna Coleman) and Alistair (Ewen Leslie) try to work out what has happened, and we get closer to the truth.

We flashback to Joanna and Alistair’s journey from Melbourne to Wilde Bay on the day they arrived in Australia. We discover that Noah died in the car. Alistair convinces Joanna they should fake the child’s abduction. His death was an accident – Joanna accidentally gave Noah a dose of Vicodin rather than Baby Calpol, but Alistair believes she will be charged with manslaughter and he will lose all hope of gaining custody of his daughter.

The pressure of maintaining the lie begins to tear them apart. The police investigation closes in on them. Joanna wants to tell the truth but Alistair convinces her otherwise. The couple appear on television, recounting the tragic story of their missing child.

Joanna discovers that Alistair has destroyed Noah’s bib, the only thing she had left of him. She begins to realise she has succumbed to Alistair’s manipulation for too long. She calls Kirsty and admits she killed her son but Kirsty thinks she’s just punishing herself.

Alistair is unravelling. The pressure of the police investigation and Joanna’s increasingly uncontrollable behaviour has rattled him. He burns Noah’s bib and goes to the police station to find out what they know. In the garden back at Elizabeth’s Joanna demands to know where Noah is buried.

Joanna tells Dr Wallace she was betrayed. We flash forward to the courtroom. Joanna is on the stand. She is being tried for her husband’s murder.


  • Jenna Coleman as Joanna
  • Ewen Leslie as Alistair
  • Asher Keddie as Alexandra
  • Alex Dimitriades as Detective Peter Alexiades
  • Sophie Kennedy Clark as Kirsty
  • Markella Kavenagh as Chloe
  • Shareena Clanton as Detective Lorna Jones
  • Stella Gonet as Elizabeth


  • Moyo Akande as Defence Lawyer
  • Kate Dickie as Morven Davis
  • David Elliot as Henry McCallum
  • Sue Jones as Mrs Wilson
  • Angela Koo as Clara Smith
  • Tim Licata as Alejandro Torres
  • Shauna MacDonald as Dr Wallace
  • David Woods as British Journalist