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A dream vacation turns into a nightmare when terrorists attack a family resort in a new BBC thriller

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Keeley’s Vacation From Hell: A dream vacation turns into a nightmare when terrorists attack a family resort in a nail-biting new BBC thriller

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Imagine relaxing in a beautiful resort in the Canary Islands, having a drink, children playing in the pool, the distant sounds of a water aerobics class in progress…

That’s what Louise Doughty, creator of the novel-turned-BBC drama Apple Tree Yard, did, and the result is an adrenaline-fuelled, on the edge of the seat three-part thriller called Crossfire that leaves us all questioning.

“I was on vacation with my family in one of those resort hotels that is quite closed off,” Louise recalls. “I was sitting on a recliner and my family was all in different places, and I was like, ‘What if a gunman came in at this particular moment?’

Keeley Hawes (pictured) stars in new nail-biting drama Crossfire, coming to our screens on BBC1 later this fall

Keeley said she loved taking on a role that immediately plunged her into the action, as her character Jo (pictured) is a former policewoman

Keeley said she loved taking on a role that immediately plunged her into the action, as her character Jo (pictured) is a former policewoman

You are very vulnerable in that situation. Who would you try to save? Would you help the people around you, or would you hide under the lounger?’

Starring Keeley Hawes, who acts as both producer and lead, the drama will have you wondering how you would handle that situation. Keeley plays Jo, who is on vacation with two other couples and their children, and there’s already drama in the group’s dynamics.

Jo and her husband Jason (Lee Ingleby) are in trouble, while her friends Miriam (Josette Simon) and Abhi (Anneika Rose) can only watch awkwardly.

The story is told in real time with both flashbacks and flashforwards as we review the events leading up to the attack, and all the little things that seemed important at the time, before the horrific aftermath of the life-changing incident.

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Keeley Hawes, Lee Ingleby and Anneika Rose have all appeared in Line Of Duty over the years, but this was the first time they’ve all worked together.

“It was important to me to see what happens when the survivors come home,” says Louise. “I wanted to honor the fact that these kinds of experiences happen to real people whose lives led to them, and they have a very different life after that.

“People who have been through this kind of horrific experience are in the supermarket the following week to buy milk. How do you bring those two extremes together?’

Keeley loved playing a part that plunged her right into the action, as Jo is a former policewoman. “It still feels like a novelty to have a 46-year-old woman play such a role,” she says.

“It’s the first action drama I’ve been in in which I don’t play a passive role. This character isn’t very likable either, but she goes through a brilliant arc that was quite a journey to make.”

The production was filmed in a resort in Tenerife where the cast also stayed, Keeley even had the same room as her character. But it was still open to tourists.

“They seem to have told some guys about the shooting, but not others,” says Josette.

“So there were a lot of tourists wondering why so many people came into the hotel screaming and covered in blood. There were strange happenings in the hallways and at the buffet as special units marched around.

“And these poor people were just trying to have a holiday!”

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