The thriller has been written by Jacquelin Perske, adapted from the 2013 novel by Helen FitzGerald, and Coleman is joined by Top of the Lake actor Ewen Leslie, who plays Joanna's husband Alistair.
Not unlike the last BBC drama about missing children Child in Time (we told you there were a few last year), The Cry's storyline follows two parents struggling to keep their lives – and marriage – together in the face of unthinkable tragedy and perverse public scrutiny.
Joanna and Alistair travel to Australia with their baby child, seeking custody of Alistair's daughter from his Australian ex-wife (Alexandra played by Asher Keddie), when their little boy is abducted from a coastal town.
In a comment, Coleman said: 'I first read Jacquelin Perske's script on a plane, it felt like walking a tightrope, racing page to page, unsettling, unknowable, uncomfortable, and thrilling.'
The Cry BBC air date: TBD
|What||The Cry: Jenna Coleman plays mother of missing child in BBC drama|
|Where||BBC One , BBC One | MAP|
On 31 Oct 18, Air and date times TBD