GenreTeen drama
Murder mystery
Created byJack Thorne
Written by
Directed by
Theme music composerWalter Mair
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
ProducerJoel Wilson
Production locationsBerkshire, England, United Kingdom
Running time60 minutes
Production companyEleven Film
Original release
Release15 September (2014-09-15) –
3 November 2014 (2014-11-03)

Glue is a British television drama series on E4. It was created and written by Jack Thorne.[1] It began broadcasting from 15 September to 3 November 2014 and comprises eight episodes.[1] The plot revolves around the friends of a 14-year-old boy, Cal Bray, who is found dead. The investigation to find the killer reveals their dark and dirty secrets, hidden behind the picture-perfect English countryside.[1]


The cast was announced on 2 April 2014[2][3] and filming took place in Hungerford, Berkshire.[4][5][6]


Main characters

Other characters


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
1"Everyone"Daniel NettheimJack Thorne15 September 2014 (2014-09-15)737,000
In the rural village of Overton, a group of young friends (Annie Maddocks, Janine Riley, Rob Kendle, James Warwick, Caleb 'Cal' Bray and Tina Fallon) take drugs and participate in dares in a grain silo. The next morning, Cal, a Romany Gypsy, is found dead underneath the wheels of a tractor by James. Throughout the day, the group are alerted to his death. Cal's cause of death is found to be asphyxiation, due to being drowned in mud. Ruth Rosen, a police trainee, assists DCI Simson in the search for Cal's brother, Eli, where she is met with suspicion at the traveller's site, and eventually convinces him to let her join the investigation. Tina's boyfriend Rob is being sent videos and messages after a secret one-night-stand with mutual friend, Janine. In the evening, the group meet at the local pub. Janine mentions that they might be interviewed; in turn they all agree not to mention that they'd been taking drugs with Cal that night. Afterwards, Tina and Rob joyride and torch a car, with help from Janine and Annie, as a funeral pyre for Cal. James is revealed to have a necklace that is similar to Cal's in his pocket.
2"James/Janine"Daniel NettheimJack Thorne22 September 2014 (2014-09-22)216,000
The police interview Cal's friends about the night they last saw him. Nobody mentions the use of drugs. It is James' 18th birthday and his sister Bee arrives, though he is no mood to celebrate. Ruth and the police search Cal's caravan, and find traces of ketamine; other members of the police believe he must have been dealing. Meanwhile, Bee reminds James of their pact - that on his 18th birthday, he would tell his mother about his acceptance to Durham University. However, he believes he should stay. Rob visits Janine at work, and asks if anyone has been following her. DCI Simson commends Ruth on her attitude to her work - that she has it in her to be decent police. Before James has the chance to tell his mother, he is kidnapped and taken to a rave that Rob has organised for his birthday. Tina finds out Janine was the last person with Cal through a voicemail Cal left her. Meanwhile, Janine is arrested after it is revealed she is an imposter, who has been making up horses at Dominic's stables to prescribe ketamine. The father of Ruth's daughter is revealed to be Tina's father. Ruth's daughter is rushed to hospital. James frantically searches for something in Cal's caravan, then sets it alight.
3"Eli/Rob"Olly BlackburnLaura Lomas29 September 2014 (2014-09-29)147,000
Janine's real name is revealed to be Elizabeth Marshall. Rob initially fails to give Elizabeth an alibi, but after seeing that his stalker has sent him an incriminating picture of him with Janine, he changes his account and she is released. Cal's father, Thomas Bray, arrives for his son's funeral. The Gypsies prevent the outsiders from Overton from attending Cal's funeral. Tempers become heated and Eli ends up fighting with his father. After the funeral, Eli tries to speak to Chris, a boy who was in care with Cal, but he runs off after the police come to question Eli. Ruth becomes suspicious of Dominic, when CCTV footage shows him arguing with Cal near a garage, hours before he died. The friends have a bonfire and let of flares, to say goodbye to Cal. Ruth goes to see Janine and finds her unconscious on the floor whilst a yellow car is driving away at speed.
4"Tina/Dominic"Olly BlackburnKieran Prendiville
Laura Lomas
Jack Thorne
6 October 2014 (2014-10-06)369,000
5"James/Cal"Olly BlackburnE.V. Crowe13 October 2014 (2014-10-13)277,000
6"Rob/Tina"Cathy BradyJack Thorne20 October 2014 (2014-10-20)260,000
7"Ruth/Eli"Daniel NettheimJohn Donnelly
Jack Thorne
27 October 2014 (2014-10-27)437,000
8"Everyone"Daniel NettheimJack Thorne3 November 2014 (2014-11-03)187,000


Digital Spy described Glue as being "unmissable TV" and also said "this is a whodunnit that will blow your mind".[4] The Independent positively stated that Glue exposes the 'rotting despair of the countryside.'[6]

It premiered in Australia on 7 July 2015 on SBS2.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Glue TV Series". Channel4. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Cast announced for E4's original new drama series, Glue". Channel 4.
  3. ^ Walker, Danny (2 April 2014). "Rizzle Kicks star Jordan Stephens to make acting debut in 'wild and thrilling' new E4 series Glue". The Mirror.
  4. ^ a b Jeffery, Morgan (15 September 2014). "Glue: Why E4's latest is unmissable TV". Digital Spy.
  5. ^ Caster, Yvette (22 September 2014). "I grew up in Glue country and this is what it's really like". Metro.
  6. ^ a b Sherwin, Adam (17 September 2014). "Glue: E4 drama exposes 'rotting despair' of English countryside". The Independent.
  7. ^ Knox, David (2 July 2015). "Airdate: Glue". TV Tonight. Retrieved 6 July 2015.