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Keeley Hawes looks distraught on set of The Midwich Cuckoos as she films with co-star Max Beesley

Keeley Hawes looks distraught as she shoots scenes opposite Max Beesley for action-packed new drama The Midwich Cuckoos

It was announced she was to star alongside Max Beesley in The Midwich Cuckoos in April this year.

And Keeley Hawes, 45, was spotted on set in Bedfordshire on Sunday looking distraught as she acted out a scene.

The actress could be seen in a stylish navy blue dress appearing distressed during a phone call as she stood by the door of a coach, while in another scene Max, 50, broke up a fight while dressed as a policeman.

Acting the part: Keeley Hawes, 45, was spotted on the set of new Sky Original sci-fi drama The Midwich Cuckoos in Bedfordshire on Sunday looking distraught as she acted out a scene

BAFTA-nominated Keeley, who plays psychotherapist Dr Susannah Zellaby who tries to help those who’ve been impacted by an alien invasion, performed in front of the camera in her smart blue dress with her blonde hair styled into light waves.

Meanwhile, The Outsider star Max, who portrays police officer Paul Kirby, who must help the terrified town navigate the danger facing their normally quiet community, could be seen in uniform as he broke up a scuffle. 

It was announced Keeley and Max were to begin work on the new new Sky Original sci-fi drama in April this year.

Doctor, doctor: The actress, who plays psychotherapist Dr Susannah Zellaby who tries to help those who've been impacted by an alien invasion, could be seen in a stylish navy blue dress

Doctor, doctor: The actress, who plays psychotherapist Dr Susannah Zellaby who tries to help those who’ve been impacted by an alien invasion, could be seen in a stylish navy blue dress

Saving the day: Keeley looked distressed as she performed in front of the camera in her smart blue dress and her highlighted blonde hair was styled into light waves

Saving the day: Keeley looked distressed as she performed in front of the camera in her smart blue dress and her highlighted blonde hair was styled into light waves

The Midwich Cuckoos is an eight-part adaptation of the critically acclaimed John Wyndham novel that was published in 1957 under the same title.

The writer behind The Night Manager, David Farr, has penned the modern-day re-imagining, which follows the residents of Midwich as women from the village mysteriously become pregnant with alien children.

Inhabitants of the sleepy Midwich village are sent into panic when a flurry of residents pass out with no explanation on a summer afternoon.

Order! Max Beesley, 50, portrays police officer Paul Kirby who must help the terrified town navigate the danger facing their normally quiet community

Order! Max Beesley, 50, portrays police officer Paul Kirby who must help the terrified town navigate the danger facing their normally quiet community

Send in the feds: The actor could be seen breaking up a fight as disorder broke out in the normally sleepy village

Send in the feds: The actor could be seen breaking up a fight as disorder broke out in the normally sleepy village

Blue lights: An emergency vehicle could be seen on the set as an actor dressed in army uniform patrolled as part of the scene

Blue lights: An emergency vehicle could be seen on the set as an actor dressed in army uniform patrolled as part of the scene

When they gain consciousness, every woman of child-bearing age inside the town’s parameters is suddenly pregnant. 

Speaking about her latest project Keeley said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Sky on The Midwich Cuckoos.

‘I’m very much looking forward to working with the hugely talented Max Beesley and the amazing cast and I can’t wait to enter the strange and unsettling world of Midwich.’ 

Eerie: Keeley stars in the sci-fi drama which follows the residents of Midwich as women from the village mysteriously become pregnant with alien children

Eerie: Keeley stars in the sci-fi drama which follows the residents of Midwich as women from the village mysteriously become pregnant with alien children

Keeley and Max will also be joined by Last Night in Soho’s Synnøve Karlsen, Aisling Loftus from A Discovery of Witches, I May Destroy You’s Lewis Reeves, Ukweli Roach from Blindspot, and Robin Hood’s Lara Rossi.

Filming for the Sky drama began in London in May with the series expected to hit small screens in 2022.

This isn’t the first time The Midwich Cuckoos has been the basis for an on-screen adaptation.

Directors Wolf Rilla and John Carpenter have both previously adapted the terrifying tale under the alternative title Village of the Damned. 

Co-star: The Outsider star Max assists as police officer Paul Kirby after inhabitants of Midwich village are sent into panic when a flurry of residents pass out with no explanation

Co-star: The Outsider star Max assists as police officer Paul Kirby after inhabitants of Midwich village are sent into panic when a flurry of residents pass out with no explanation

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