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'Keeping Faith' Season 3 — plot guide, cast and everything you need to know

Keeping Faith Season 3.
Eve Myles in Keeping Faith Season 3. (Image credit: BBC/Scott Waller)

Keeping Faith Season 3 once again sees Torchwood actress Eve Myles star as lawyer Faith Howells.

The Welsh-language version aired last November on S4C. And series three is now being shown on BBC1.

Filming began in January 2020 and wrapped in late August, with lead actress Eve confirming this was the last time she'd be playing the character.

Speaking about Season 3, Eve Myles said: "We left Faith at the end of series two asking Evan to leave, and a divorce was imminent. She had come to learn of all his dark secrets and had become embroiled in the dark underworld that Evan was running away from."

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Keeping Faith Season 3 release date

Keeping Faith Season 3 started on Saturday 27 March on BBC1 at 9pm. Episode four will be shown on Saturday 17 April at 9.10pm on BBC1. All six episodes are available now on BBC iPlayer.

In America it is available on Acorn TV. An Acorn TV subscription costs $5.99. The first two seasons are also available to watch on Acorn TV.

What is the plot of Keeping Faith Season 3?

Eve Myles returns as Faith and has to navigate the breakup of her marriage, while simultaneously taking on an emotionally wrenching legal medical case involving a gravely ill teenage boy.

Giving fans an idea of what to expect, Pip Broughton, writer, producer and director of Keeping Faith said: "Series three is an emotional thriller that drills deep into the character of Faith herself. Events unfold that threaten to shatter her children’s faith in their mother and rob them of their well-being and innocence — damage that can never be undone. Alongside this, the legal world continues to add to the themes of justice, choice, freedom and personal liberty, as Faith takes on the biggest case of her career."

Contains spoilers! What happened in episode one of Keeping Faith Season 3?

Keeping Faith Season 3 opened with lead character Faith Howells (Eve Myles) struggling with a custody battle over her teenagers, since her marriage to Evan (Bradley Freegard) fell apart. 

Things become more complicated when her former love interest Steve (Mark Lewis Jones) comes back on the scene. Steve wants her to speak to a "friend", but when Faith meets the mysterious woman she isn't best pleased about it. 

If her personal life wasn't stressful enough, Faith was called to a difficult case where a father is desperate for a hospital to operate on his son, despite warnings that he has a slim chance of survival and will likely end up severely brain damaged if the operation goes ahead. While all this is going on, Faith is disturbed by a number of silent phone calls from an unknown number...

What happened in episode two?

In episode 2 it was revealed that this "friend" Steve wanted Faith to talk to is actually her estranged mother, Rose (Celia Imrie). She walked out on Faith when she was just 15-years-old and after 25 years of no contact, she has reappeared, which Faith is furious about. 

Their relationship is very strained and Faith doesn't trust her mother, even refusing to let her see her grandchildren. This prompts Rose to fight back and begin legal proceedings to get access to them. On top of this, Rose begins to blackmail Faith and reveals she has photographic evidence of her involvement with Gael Reardon (Anastasia Hille)

What happened in episode three of Keeping Faith Season 3?

Episode 3 saw Faith focusing all her attention on Osian's case, and keeping her manipulative mother Rose away from her three children Alys, Rhodri and Megan. However, as a result of focusing all her energy on that, she neglected to see just how much her divorce was affecting her children. When Alys joins a demonstration at a local farm, she finds herself in trouble with the local police causing even more drama in Faith's life. 

Meanwhile, scheming Rose hatches a plan to frame Faith's soon to be ex-husband Evan for Gael Reardon's murder, and Faith finally gives in to her feelings for former love interest Steve, who has recently come back on the scene.

Keeping Faith Season 3 cast

Celia Imrie has joined Keeping Faith for its third season, and she plays the role of Rose Fairchild. Describing Rose, Imrie said her character is "Tough, regretful, ruthless…she wants to make amends with her past but has left it all too late."

And Eve Myles adds: "The character of Rose, played by the amazing Celia Imrie, comes into town like a powerful, menacing force. She has defined Faith but plays on all her fears. A woman with huge guilt, a heavyweight in manipulation with many dangerous contacts, a woman with nothing to lose."

Here's all the major players...

  • Celia Imrie 
  • Sian Phillips
  • Eve Myles 
  • Bradley Freegard 
  • Steve Baldini 

Is there a trailer?

Yes, and it's gripping...