286 votes


BBC Three 2016

This tense psychological drama follows the story of Ivy Moxham, a 26-year-old woman learning to live again after 13 years in captivity. When Ivy escapes the cellar that’s been her prison since she was abducted, it’s just the start of her story. She’s beginning to pick up the threads of a life half-lived, but they’re about to be pulled apart again. Her captor is on the run, and as cracks appear in Ivy’s account of her ordeal, the police begin to doubt her motives. What happened in that cellar? And can Ivy really be trusted?

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The 10 Best Episodes of Thirteen

#1 - Episode 3


Season 1 - Episode 3

As the police start to make breakthroughs in their investigation, Ivy turns to her sister Emma, who seizes the chance to connect with her. But they are interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious letter addressed to 'Alison' - White’s name for Ivy. DI Carne reaches out to Ivy, desperate to find a window into Ivy’s mind, but when she refuses to cooperate he is forced to take drastic measures in search of the truth. Meanwhile, with doubts building over Ivy’s story, DS Merchant returns to Mark White's house and makes a shocking discovery.

The episode was rated from 359 votes.

#2 - Episode 4


Season 1 - Episode 4

Ivy is arrested and questioned about the body discovered at Colbridge Road. She goes into shutdown and it's up to Christina to set Ivy free from the guilt that burdens her.

The episode was rated from 355 votes.

#3 - Episode 5


Season 1 - Episode 5

The Moxam family is plunged into the same horror they faced 13 years previously, leaving Ivy faced with the prospect of risking her own life to save Phoebe - and being confronted with the memory of her earlier ordeal. Carne and Merchant try to find a way to ensure her safety, but have underestimated Mark White, putting themselves in danger.

The episode was rated from 364 votes.

#4 - Episode 1


Season 1 - Episode 1

Today is the day Ivy Moxam escapes from the cellar, her prison for the last 13 years. After she makes a desperate 999 call from a phone box, Ivy is picked up by the police and taken to be interviewed. With no precedent to follow, DI Elliott Carne and DS Lisa Merchant question Ivy to see if she is who she claims to be while they wait for official DNA confirmation. But before they can confirm her identity, news of her escape is leaked and the police rush to contact the Moxam family before they hear it from the press. When the family is reunited, younger sister Emma is the only person with doubts; mother Christina and estranged father Angus need no proof that Ivy is their daughter. The police finally locate the house in which Ivy was held captive, but find her kidnapper long gone. Combing the house for clues, Merchant and Carne discover evidence that contradicts Ivy's story - and Merchant starts to question whether or not she's telling the truth.

The episode was rated from 439 votes.

#5 - Episode 2


Season 1 - Episode 2

Recent events put more pressure on Ivy to relive her ordeal and Carne and Merchant find themselves surrounded by a new team from Scotland Yard. Ivy is soon summoned back to the police station as Merchant comes up with a bold suggestion for jogging Ivy's memory, while White’s car is discovered abandoned. However, Ivy's behaviour makes Merchant suspicious, and when evidence is produced which suggests that Ivy has lied to the police, she comes under fierce scrutiny. She reaches out to Tim for support, but suffers a shattering betrayal.

The episode was rated from 376 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020



What happened to you, Chloe (My Mad Fat Diary)?


Loved this show and the lead actress was amazing!


Absolutely amazing show. It really had me engaged every minute of it. I wish it was longer. I would have liked to have seen more about why he wanted her specifically, and what happened to her while she was there. Only real bad thing I have to say about this show is that some moments near the end felt a bit dumb or cliche. [spoiler]For example, all the way at the end, she escaped just the last second before the building exploded. And the police just happened to figure out her location right at that same moment. That is just feels like one of those things that was done because they thought it would make for a cool shot, rather than something that is even remotely likely to happen.[/spoiler] [spoiler] Other thing I found kind of strange was that bit earlier on when she was charged for accessory to murder but revealed what really happened. I think it was more the way it went down, than the plot itself, but it just felt like she was lying to me. And I thought that the police would think the same, especially since they have suspected her of lying every step of the way so far. It wasn't until I saw their reactions that I realized "oh that was suppose to be what actually happened?". I thought it was also a bit of a waste to make her completely innocent in the scenario, instead of her doing it at least some what voluntary because of Stockholm syndrome or something like that. It doesn't really make sense with that security footage of how she actively sought him out in that shopping mall either.[/spoiler]

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