The Castaways


The adaptation of Clarke’s thriller sees sisters Lori (Sheridan Smith: “Mrs Biggs”, “The C Word”, “Cilla”) and Erin (Celine Buckens: “Showtrial”, “Warhorse”, “The Ex-Wife”) on the holiday of a lifetime in Fiji. After a huge fight, Erin never boards the island-hopping flight to their tropical resort – and the plane, with Lori on board, never arrives at its destination.

Months later, no wreckage has been found, no survivors discovered. With the search abandoned, Erin remains a lone, desperate voice refusing to give up hope. Suddenly, Lori’s credit card is used in a corner shop in a remote village in Fiji. On the CCTV, Erin recognises the plane’s pilot back from the dead. She immediately sets out from the UK to find him and discover the mystery of her sister’s fate.

Jumping between the two sisters’ perspectives, we follow Erin’s present day investigation and Lori’s struggle for survival following the crash onto a tropical and remote desert island. As dark secrets are revealed both in the past and present day, each shocking twist and turn slowly reveals the truth about what happened to Lori and her fellow passengers – a truth that someone on the island will kill to keep secret.

  • GenreDrama
  • Duration5 x 60"
  • Broadcaster Paramount+
  • Completion2023