Watch trailer: Shannon Matthews TV drama is set to air

TRUE LIFE: Sian Brooke, Sheridan Smith and Gemma Whelan star in The Moorside.
TRUE LIFE: Sian Brooke, Sheridan Smith and Gemma Whelan star in The Moorside.
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THE BBC’S new drama about the real-life hoax kidnapping of Dewsbury schoolgirl Shannon Matthews will hit the nation’s TV screens early next month, it has been confirmed.

The first part of The Moorside – starring Sheridan Smith as Julie Bushby, a friend of Shannon’s scheming mother Karen – is on BBC One at 9pm on Tuesday, February 7.

Game of Thrones actress Gemma Whelan plays Karen in the programme.

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