THE KILLING: Pilot/The Cage UK Premiere on Channel 4

The US version of The Killing makes its UK premiere on Channel 4. The show is based on the wildly successful Danish television series Forbrydelsen, and centres around the murder of a young girl in Seattle and the subsequent police investigation. The series ties together three distinct stories around the murder and as it unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they’ve moved on, their past isn’t done with them.

In the feature-length version of the first two episodes, Detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) is about to start a new life in California with her son. On her last day of work, she and her colleague Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) are drawn into a new case about the disappearance of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen. Rosie’s parents Mitch (Michelle Forbes) and Stan (Brent Sexton) have been away on a weekend camping trip with their two sons and assumed their daughter was staying with her best friend Sterling Fitch. When they learn that Rosie did not show up at school on Monday, they frantically try to track her down.

Meanwhile, Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell), president of the Seattle city council, faces disruption to his campaign to run for mayor when his party get entangled in the missing teen case. While she waits to have her resignation letter signed off by her boss, Sarah is put in charge of the investigation into Rosie’s death, forcing her to postpone her wedding. Sarah and Stephen interview Rosie’s parents and her best friend Sterling. The police also question Darren Richmond when they discover that Rosie’s body was found in one of the council’s campaign cars. Darren’s colleagues Gwen and Jamie try to persuade him to use Rosie’s case to the campain’s advantage. Meanwhile, Rosie’s school becomes a potential murder site when Sarah and Holder uncover shocking evidence on campus. Heartbroken and grief-stricken, Mitch and Stan face the aftermath of losing their daughter and face up to telling their sons about their sister’s tragic death.

CHANNEL 4, Thurs 7th July , 10PM