It was meant to be your daughter's first sleepover.
Now it's an abduction.
Lucia Blix went home from school for a playdate with her new friend Josie. Later that evening, Lucia's mother Elisa dropped her overnight things round and kissed her little girl goodnight.
That was the last time she saw her daughter.
The next morning, when Lucia's dad arrived to pick her up, the house was empty. No furniture, no family, no Lucia.
In Playdate, Alex Dahl puts a microscope on a seemingly average, seemingly happy family plunged into a life-altering situation. Who has taken their daughter, and why?
Reviews for Alex Dahl:
'Unsettling, layered, bold, unpredictable, dark' Will Dean on The Boy at the Door.
'Intriguing and believable ... At once a compelling thriller and a beautiful meditation on grief' Jane Shemilt on The Heart Keeper.
'Dahl's sharp characterisations make her story feel fresh' Sunday Express on The Boy at the Door.
Playdate is a British television dating programme that was made by Hamma & Glamma Productions for ITV. It was screened Monday to Fridays on ITV Play between 8.00pm and 10.00pm, and daily on ITV2 between 1.00am and 4.00am. Billed as "the UK’s first interactive TV dating show", the show's format is based around speed dating. The show had one format: 7 days a week, the show was interactive: various singletons of both sexes were invited into the studio, and members of the public were invited to phone in and talk with the studio guests, known as "datees". Viewers were also invited to send text messages and picture messages to the "datees". The show's presenters were Brendan Courtney, Dave O'Reilly, Giles Vickers Jones, Kat Shoob, Katy Pullinger, Zoe Hardman and former Big Brother winner Kate Lawler. Cast members included DJ Anthony Ghosh (aka DJ Talent) who since then made the semi final of ITV Britains Got Talent, and Reality TV personality & comedic Actress Charley Clark who has since appeared on various TV shows such as ITV The only way is Essex, E4 Carjackers, Channel 4 The Lie Detective. Playdate was axed with its final show being aired on 17 December. The Mint was shown in its slot on ITV2 and The Mint Extra shown in its slot on ITV Play. The Mint ceased broadcasting in 2007...