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Safe House: The Lake

4 x 1 hour

Safe House is a major new returnable mini-series, powered by a stellar cast of internationally recognised acting talent. Led by EMMY Award-winner, Christopher Eccleston (The Leftovers, Thor: The Dark World, Accused), alongside Marsha Thomason (White Collar) and Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers), this sophisticated, contemporary drama is a compelling ‘event’ thriller, delivering a fresh take on the investigative crime genre.

There is a house hidden away in a beautiful and remote part of the Lake District. It’s a guest house. But it’s not... That’s just a cover story.

Safe House tells the story of a married couple - Robert (Eccleston), a former police detective and Katy (Thomason), a school teacher - who turn their guest house, set in a remote and idyllic part of the Lake District, into a police safe house. Their first guests are a family at great risk, pursued by a violent man with an unknown agenda. For Robert, protecting this family resurrects the fears and anxieties bound up in a terrifying night when he was ambushed and shot in the line of duty whilst protecting a star witness, leaving him seriously injured and the witness dead. 

As a consequence of running the safe house, Robert begins to question the events and the people around him, including his friend and trusted former boss, Mark (Joseph) - and soon it transpires that nothing is what it seems and that everybody has something to hide. 

Also starring Peter Ferdinando (Hyena), Jason Merrells (Cutting It), Nicola Stephenson (Holby City), Christine Tremarco (Casualty) and Kelly Harrison (Happy Valley), Safe House explores the ways we bury our secrets and how we live with the consequences. 


ITV premiere won its 9pm timeslot with a huge 5.6 million viewers and 25.3% share


"A superb cast gathered round Eccleston, who remains a consummate master of the small screen" - The Guardian UK

Credit Line

Eleventh Hour Films for ITV, UK


Christopher Eccleston (doctor Who, The Leftovers, Accused), Marsha Thomason (white Collar, Lost), Paterson Joseph (the Leftovers, Survivors, Peep Show), Peter Ferdinando (a Field In England, Starred Up), Jason Merrells (cutting It, Clocking Off), Nicola Stephenson (all At Sea, Holby City)


Jill Green, Paula Cuddy


Marc Evans (hinterland)

Additional Credits

Writer and Creator: Michael Crompton

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