What remains is a 4×60 drama written by Tony Basgallop (Inside Men) and directed by Coky Giedroyc (The Hour, The Spies of Warsaw) .
When a new couple, Michael (Russell Tovey Him & Her, Being Human) and his heavily pregnant partner Vidya (Amber Rose Revah ) move into flat 4 of number 8 Coulthard Street, a leak in the loft causes them to discover the remains of Melissa Young (Jessica Gunning) hidden in the eaves. She had not been seen for over 2 years. She is not registered as missing. No one has raised an alarm or even noticed that she was gone...
Detective Inspector Len Harper (David Threlfall Shameless ) is sent out to investigate. It is his last week before retiring from the force and the discovery should be pretty cut and dry: no sign of a struggle, no suicide note, no motive for murder.
Disillusioned and afraid of the loneliness retirement will bring, Len refuses to let Melissa’s death remain unanswered, resolutely offering her the attention she so sorely lacked during her lifetime. Len is determined to uncover the secrets hidden behind the doors of Melissa’s neighbours in Coulthard Street.
Every flat has its own story to tell, in equal weight. In one way or another they all had some sort of connection with the victim:
Firstly, partners Elaine (Indira Varma Luther, Silk ) and Peggy (Victoria Hamilton Lark Rise To Candleford, Toast) who seemingly have it all -both a successful business and relationship, but the discovery of Melissa’s remains causes it all to fall apart. Elaine doesn’t hide her feelings towards Melissa – she never liked her - but Peggy is shocked and upset. Never one to suffer those less successful than her, before long we discover Elaine has a darker secret connecting her to Melissa.
Kieron (Stephen Mackintosh Inside Men, Criminal justice ) and Adam (Alexander Arnold) are father and son. Since getting divorced 4 years earlier, Kieron has struggled to find a girlfriend that Adam approves of. Kieron is the editor of a local newspaper, he has learnt to keep his life professionally private but he also has many personal secrets to hide, and Len’s investigation only serves to bring his demons to the forefront.
Finally, Joe (David Bamber The Hollow Crown, The King’s Speech) who has always lived a solitary life. A stickler for rules and routine, Joe has lived in the house for 15 years and works as a Maths teacher. On Coulthard Street he is the first to point out when anyone steps out of line, treating his neighbours as he would his pupils. Apparently living alone, it soon appears that not all is as it seems in the basement flat he occupies.
By turns Melissa was bullied by them, harassed, or simply ignored. She was secretly in love with one of them. And as we will ultimately discover, she was killed by someone very close to home. What does that say about the life she lived or the society we occupy? And is her killer still at large?
UPDATE : What Remains will air on Sunday 25th.