Inspired a by a true story, Torn is a dramatic tale of parental love, families ties and belonging. It begins when Sarah (Holly Aird) believes she has seen the daughter she lost on a beach 11 years ago – the daughter who had, it was always assumed, tragically drowned. What follows is a devastating tug of love, as the now teenage girl (Jo Woodcock) is torn between her beloved “mother” who abducted her (Nicola Walker) and her biological mother, Sarah, who is a now stranger to her.

Torn was RTS nominated for Best Drama Serial and entertained 6.5 million viewers.

‘This is by miles, the best ITV drama in ages thanks to an intelligent and shaded script by Chris Lang, the performances are excellent, all in all, a superior slice of drama’. Daily Mirror

‘The best drama on ITV since Prime Suspect, plausible, messy and superlatively performed.’ The Times

I plan to watch every minute of this three parter, it’s a sensational edge of the seat treat’. Daily Express

‘Mesmerising performances, this was most definitely one of ITV’s best recent dramas.’ The Mail

One of ITV’s most thoughtful and delicately played series of 2007’. Time Out

Nominated for an RTS award 2008 for Best Serial.


  • Holly Aird
  • Nicola Walker
  • Bradley Walsh

Written by: Chris Lang

Directed by: Sarah Harding

Produced by: Jeremy Gwilt

Executive producers: Chris Lang, Matt Arlidge and Jeremy Gwilt.

Production Company: TXTV