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Thirteen is a British drama miniseries created and written by Marnie Dickens. The series centres on Ivy Moxam (Jodie Comer), a 26-year-old woman who escapes from the cellar where she has been imprisoned for 13 years, and the impact on her family.[1]

Created byMarnie Dickens
Written byMarnie Dickens
Directed by
  • Vanessa Caswill (episodes 1–3)
  • China Moo-Young (episodes 4–5)
StarringJodie Comer
Opening theme"In Your Dreams" by Dark Dark Dark
Ending theme"In Your Dreams" by Dark Dark Dark
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes5 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Elizabeth Kilgarriff
Producer(s)Hugh Warren
Production location(s)Bristol, England
Running time60 minutes
Original network
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release28 February (2016-02-28) –
27 March 2016 (2016-03-27)
External links

The first episode was released on BBC Three in the UK on 28 February 2016. It began airing on BBC America in the United States on 23 June 2016.[2][3] Each episode was broadcast on BBC Two a week after its release, with the first on 6 March 2016. In Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East, the series began airing in the middle of August 2016.

The title music is "In Your Dreams" from the album Wild Go by Dark Dark Dark. The final episode features a cover of Royal Blood's "Out of the Black" by Billie Marten.

On 27 March 2016, Dickens stated that there would not be a second series of the show as it was intended to be a one-off miniseries.[4]



No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
1"Episode 1"Vanessa CaswillMarnie Dickens28 February 2016 (2016-02-28)2.4 (BBC Three)[5]
1.26 (BBC Two)[6]

Ivy Moxam, now 26, was abducted at age 13 and has been held in a cellar for the last 13 years. Now, she escapes captivity, and is taken to the police station. She meets her family liaison officer, as well as D.I. Carne and D.S. Merchant, who proceed to interview her. Her family are informed after information leaks to the press, and DNA test results confirm that she is the Moxams' daughter.

Ivy's childhood crush, Tim, has since married, but he delays telling this to Ivy. Overwhelmed by events, Ivy runs from her home, and it is Tim who finds her. Carne tells her that she should 'press play' on her life and start living again, and she decides to write a letter to Tim, as they used to do. Later, D.S. Merchant warns Carne that Ivy is getting attached to him; subsequently, Ivy tells him that she trusts him, and he gives her his business card in case she needs someone to talk to.

The police locate the house of Ivy's kidnapper, but he has used bleach to remove DNA traces of himself or Ivy. The police find a passport photo of Ivy and hair on the kidnapper's bed, from which they deduce that she has lied about not being let out of the cellar. She tells them that he took her out of the house only once. The police identify a face through tracing his credit cards and bank cards, which lead them to a petrol station where they gain security footage of a man who Ivy confirms as her kidnapper. It is revealed that Henry Stone, the headteacher of Ivy's school (which she should have been attending on the day of her kidnapping), employed Ivy's kidnapper and that the kidnapper has taken a second girl, Phoebe, hostage.
2"Episode 2"Vanessa CaswillMarnie Dickens6 March 2016 (2016-03-06)1.2 (BBC Two)[7]

The kidnapping of a second girl, Phoebe, puts more pressure on Ivy to relive her ordeal. Carne and Merchant find themselves surrounded by a new team from Scotland Yard.

Ivy is soon summoned back to the police station as Merchant comes up against suspicions, and when evidence is produced which suggests that Ivy has lied to the police about being allowed outside, she comes under fierce scrutiny. She reaches out to Tim for support, but suffers a shattering betrayal when she finds out he is married. Ivy is seen to be dragged away at the end of the episode by an unseen person.
3"Episode 3"Vanessa CaswillMarnie Dickens13 March 2016 (2016-03-13)1.11 (BBC Two)[9]
Phoebe's father attacks Ivy and tries to drag her away, screaming at her to tell him where his daughter is. Her family quickly helps her but she falls into a state of shock. Ivy tries to reconnect with her sister, but a mysterious letter that seems to be from Mark White threatens their reconciliation. Carne tries to get Ivy to open up about her captivity, but is forced to take drastic measures when she refuses to cooperate. As doubts about Ivy's story grow, Merchant returns to White's house, and makes a shocking discovery.[8]
4"Episode 4"China Moo-YoungMarnie Dickens20 March 2016 (2016-03-20)1.04 (BBC Two)[10]
Ivy is arrested for perverting the course of justice after the discovery in the cellar of the body of Mark White's half-brother Dylan, who went missing in 2009, revealing more inconsistencies and lies from Ivy. She withdraws completely while being questioned as she realises she has lost Carne's trust. Christina begs the police to allow her to speak to her daughter, and persuades Ivy to reveal the shocking truth behind her disappearance. Ivy reveals Mark White killed his brother, however, only Ivy's DNA is found on the sheet Dylan's body was wrapped in. Meanwhile Mark White gets in touch with Carne and Merchant and will only talk with Ivy.
5"Episode 5"China Moo-YoungMarnie Dickens27 March 2016 (2016-03-27)1.16 (BBC Two)[12]

The Moxam family is plunged into the same horror they faced 13 years previously, leaving Ivy faced with the prospect of risking her own life to save Phoebe – being confronted with the memory of her earlier ordeal. Carne and Merchant try to find a way to ensure her safety, but have underestimated Mark White, putting themselves in danger. They are seen in the local shopping centre. Ivy is meeting with Mark White, and the police are with her. She gets scared and in turn finds Mark in a photo booth with Phoebe. He abducts Ivy leaving the shopping centre with her in an industrial bin. They see Mark leaving with her in a van. Police chase them, but he gets away.

Ivy is later seen tied to a chair with tape on her mouth. He gets cross with her, she persuades him to untie her. He shows her the wardrobe which has stuff from their old house; she sets it up to look like the old one. He reports he would be keen to start a family again. He makes her change into a granny nighty and a bra that has no underwire.

She bathes him when he tries to get her to have sex. She then gets the gun and tells him she wants to leave as she now realises how controlling he is. Ivy fires the gun but it is not loaded. He knocks her out.

Later Mark reveals that he wishes he and Ivy could reunite with the miscarried child and his brother in heaven. He has set fire to downstairs as smoke comes in they lie on the bed. She climbs on top of him to kiss him passionately. She bites him and smashes his head against the wall. Ivy escapes the house just as it explodes. [11]


Various locations in Bristol, England. The finale is set in a house in the Lockleaze suburb, of Bristol which is dominated by the Purdown BT Tower.

DVD releaseEdit

Thirteen was released on DVD on Region 2 in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 2 Entertain on 18 April 2016,[13] on Region 1 in the United States and Canada via Acorn DVD and BBC DVD on 2 August 2016, [14][15] and on Region 4 in Australia on 7 September 2016.[16] The series has also been released on DVD in Germany from distribution company Polyband on 27 January 2017.[17]

The series is also available for streaming or purchase via Amazon Video.[18][19]


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  14. ^ "Thirteen". Retrieved 7 November 2017.
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  19. ^ "Thirteen". Retrieved 7 November 2017.

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