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'The Holiday' — release date, cast, trailer and everything you need to know

(L-R) Aidan McArdle as Alistair, Liv Mjönes as Jenny, Cat Simmons as Izzy, Jill Halfpenny as Kate, Owen McDonnell as Sean, Andrew Macklin as Russ, Siobhan Hewlett as Rowan in 'The Holiday'.
The cast of 'The Holiday'. (Image credit: Channel 5)

The Holiday is a new four-part drama that's coming to Channel 5 in the UK very soon.

The show follows Kate, a woman whose life is turned upside down the moment she uncovers her husband’s affair whilst they are on what was supposed to be a dream family getaway. 

Based on T.M. Logan’s bestselling novel of the same name (opens in new tab), and adapted by Michael Crompton (one of the writers on Silent Witness) The Holiday is sure to keep everyone on the edge of their seat.

Here’s everything we know about The Holiday so far... 

'The Holiday' release date 

The Holiday will premiere in the UK on Tuesday, March 1 on Channel 5 at 9 pm. The remaining three episodes will then air on subsequent nights throughout the week, with the finale airing on Friday, March 4.  

Currently, we don't know where or when the drama will be available to watch in the US. 

'The Holiday' cast 

Jill Halfpenny (The Drowning, Dark Money) leads the cast of The Holiday as Kate, a woman whose dream family holiday quickly becomes a nightmare! 

Jill said: “T.M. Logan’s novel, The Holiday, was such a joy to bring to life and filming with such a talented cast was just fantastic!

“Portraying Kate’s dream holiday turn into a nightmare was great fun and hopefully the fans of the book, and those who have yet to discover it, will enjoy the rollercoaster journey we take you on with this gripping thriller.”

Alongside Jill Halfpenny are: Owen McDonnell (Killing Eve, The Bay) as Kate’s husband, Sean, Lara McDonnell (Artemis Fowl) as teenage daughter Lucy and Aidan McCann (Red Rock) features as their young son, Daniel.

Liv Mjönes (Midsommar) will appear as Kate’s friend Jenny, and her family will be played by Aidan McCardle (The Trial of Christine Keeler) as husband Alistair and newcomer Shaun O’Callaghan Wade as their son Jake. 

Kate’s best friend Rowan will be played by Siobhan Hewlett (Redemption); Rowan is married to Russ, played by Andrew Macklin (Doctor Who). Molly McCann (Herself) appears as Rowan and Russ’ daughter, Odette, and Cat Simmons (Ordinary Lies) rounds out the ensemble cast as Izzy.  

What's the plot?

The Holiday follows Kate on her dream family holiday in the Mediterranean, a holiday that swiftly becomes a nightmare after Kate discovers her husband has been having an affair with one of her close friends! 

Her four best friends are all on holiday with her, and Kate spends the rest of her time trying to get to the bottom of just what happened. As she closes in on the truth, she realises far too late just how high the stakes are, as someone in the villa might be prepared to kill to keep the affair hidden!

Is there a trailer?

Although Channel 5 still hasn't released a full trailer for The Holiday, we've at least been treated to this small teaser for the new drama.

Although Kate and the family look like they're about to have a wonderful holiday to start with, things soon take a dark turn after Kate spots Sean's not wearing his ring. 

Cue her friends sprinting through trees on fire, dramatic music, and Kate proclaiming "I honestly don't know what to do... I can't live a lie." Looks tense!

Watch the teaser below:

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Martin Shore
Martin Shore

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.