NEW channel 5 thriller The Penance has hit our screens.
But what does Penance mean and what role does it play in the show?
What does Penance mean?
Penance is a repentance of your sins, in which you partake in an act to show your remorse for any bad act you may have done.
It is also the alternate name for Catholic, Lutheran, eastern Orthodox and oriental orthodox sacrament of reconciliation or confession.
The word penance derives from old French and Latin paenitentia, both of which derive from the same root meaning repentance, the desire to be forgiven.
The attitude of penance or repentance can be externalised in acts that a believer imposes on himself or herself, acts that are themselves called penances.
What is the show about?
The new drama is being classed as a new psychological thriller.
Penance is based on a 2016 novel of the same title, which has been adapted to our screen by its writer, Kate O'riordan.
Readers of the novel may be slightly frustrated with the TV show adaption which has been compressed into just three-parts.
In the show, Rosalie Douglas (Julie Graham), her daughter Maddie (Tallulah Grieve) and her husband Luke (Neil Morrissey), are mourning the loss of their son, when they meet a man by the name of Jed (Nico Mirallegro) at a counselling session.
At first, Jed's intention seems pure as he helps the family deal with their grief, but after he infiltrates their home, viewers will get to see his plans are a lot more sinister than what was originally shown.
When is it on TV?
The first episode of the new drama series aired on Tuesday, March 17, 202o, at 9pm on channel 5.
Fans will be happy to know that they won't have to wait that long for another episode as it will be shown every night consecutively from March 17, and will finish on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
If you miss the show, not to worry as it will be shown on My5 shortly after so you can catch up.
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