MCC students report: BBC’s ‘Thirteen’ Review


The BBC is well known to make high quality drama and TV shows due to it being a publicly funded broadcaster. I have always been a big fan of many of their shows such as Doctor Who and Sherlock, but more recently they released a new five-part drama on their newly launched BBC three online service.  ‘Thirteen’ is a drama aimed at a younger audience, hence the use of it being launched on their online platform, and it revolves around a woman named Ivy Moxam who was abducted as a teenager, and was held captive for thirteen years. The drama centres with her escape and her transition back into the real world but only now she is 26 years old.

I loved the narrative of this show but mostly I loved the mystery behind it, as it didn’t give a lot away, even right up until the last episode – Ivy was too traumatised to talk about her time in captivity. It even played with the idea that she was hiding information to protect her captor, yet in due time we found this not to be true. The series has gained a huge following on social media site Twitter, with many people using the hashtag #thirteen to talk about their feelings after an episode, creating an online interactive base for the fans.


Unfortunately, there’s only 5 episodes in the series, each being an hour long, and there is no sign of a second series. I don’t want to give any spoilers away but I highly recommend this show! The twists and turns keep you guessing up to the very end and the characters are very easy to relate to, the awful situation that Ivy has had to deal with in her life and how her family cope with her return pulls you into the story. Many people were however split with their opinion on the series ending, as it arguably left a few questions unanswered, but I however thought it was perfect, as in reality you can’t always understand what drives people to do certain things and unfortunately you just have to accept that some questions will always be left unanswered.

 You can watch the series in full here on BBC iPlayer…


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