Passenger: release date, recaps, cast, plot, trailer and everything we know

Wunmi Mosaku plays former Met Police Detective Riya Ajunwa in Passenger
Wunmi Mosaku plays former Met Police Detective Riya Ajunwa in Passenger (Image credit: ITV)

ITV's six-part series Passenger is here and the "darkly comic horror" about a series of strange and unnatural crimes in a small close-knit community has been on the horizon for a few years and was definitely worth the wait. 

Starring BAFTA-winner Wunmi Mosaku as the former detective at the centre of the case, Passenger has been created by actor Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch, An Honourable Woman) in his first foray into screenwriting.  

"I’ve always loved shows where the known collides with the unknown," said Buchan in a statement. "Where you see communities faced with something horrifying and inexplicable, where, as a viewer, you’ve nothing in your kit-bag to explain it. 

"When I started writing the scripts, I wanted to create something epic and unknown but also bed it somewhere close to home. Having grown up in Lancashire it felt like the perfect place for it. We’ll definitely see the residents of Chadder Vale pushed to their limits.”

Here's everything we know about Passenger... 

Passenger release date - when's it on ITV1?

Passenger started on ITV1 on Sunday, March 24 at 9pm, with episode 2 airing at the same time on Monday 25th March.

The entire series is now available as a boxset on the ITVX streaming service. 

BritBox International, the streaming service offering the best collection of unmissable British entertainment, will be the exclusive home to the series in the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway.

David Threlfall stars in Passenger

David Threlfall stars as fracking manager Jim Bracknell (Image credit: ITV)

Passenger plot - what happens?

A statement from ITVX reads...

"In the small Northern village of Chadder Vale, a close-knit community is sent spinning on its axis following a series of strange and unnatural crimes.

"After arriving there five years ago, Former Met Police Detective Riya Ajunwa has been searching for that ‘one big crime’, that one challenge that will make her feel alive again.

"Then one night local girl, Katie Wells is mysteriously abducted. Her car is found abandoned and there are traces of blood on the seats. But the village barely has time to register Katie’s disappearance before she reappears the next day, safe and sound.

"The rest of the villagers ask few questions and life resumes as normal. But for Riya, a relative outsider to the Chadder Vale way of life, none of this sits right. As a series of strange happenings and increasingly shocking crimes start unfolding within the town, the residents resort to short-sighted theories and blame outside influences such as the fracking site and its manager Jim Bracknell (David Threlfall).  

"As things become stranger, so the people push back on Riya’s absurd notion that something is not right with this town. But what are they so afraid of? Yet before long Riya is drawn into a universe unlike anything she has ever seen."

Rowan Robinson as Katie in Passenger

Rowan Robinson plays Katie Wells, a local girl who mysteriously disappers (Image credit: ITV)

Passenger cast - who's in it? 

Wunmi Mosaku, who won a BAFTA for her role in Damilola, Our Loved Boy and has also appeared in Luther and Loki, will take on the role of Former Met Police Detective Riya Ajunwa. 

Additional cast for Passenger include.. 

* Daniel Ryan (The Bay) as Derek Jackson
* David Threlfall (Shameless, Funny Woman) as Jim Bracknell
* Rowan Robinson (So Awkward) as Katie Wells
* Hubert Hanowicz (This Is Going To Hurt) as Jakub Makowski
* Natalie Gavin (Gentleman Jack) as Joanne Wells
* Jo Hartley (After Life, In My Skin) as Chief Constable Linda Markel
* Sean Gilder (The Gold, Shameless) as Tony Corrigan
* Debbie Rush (Coronation Street, Brassic) as forensic analyst Terry Jackson.
* Barry Sloane (Six) as Eddie Wells
* Nico Mirallegro (My Mad Fat Diary, Rillington Place) as Kane Jackson
* Jack James Ryan (Coronation Street) as John Trowbridge
* Matilda Freeman (Alma’s Not Normal) as Lilly Wells
* Shervin Alenabi (Baghdad In My Shadow) as Mehmet Shah
* Ella Bruccoleri (Call The Midwife) as Ali Day
* Arian Nik (The Bay) as Nish Chowdry.

Is there a Passenger trailer?

There sure is, check it out below.. 

Sean Marland

Sean is a Senior Feature writer for TV Times, What's On TV and TV & Satellite Week, who also writes for He's been covering the world of TV for over 15 years and in that time he's been lucky enough to interview stars like Ian McKellen, Tom Hardy and Kate Winslet. His favourite shows are I'm Alan Partridge, The Wire, People Just Do Nothing and Succession and in his spare time he enjoys drinking tea, doing crosswords and watching football.