The Bite

ITV/ABC (Australia), 1996, 2 episodes

thebitecolourA two part thriller shot in Australia and Thailand telling the story of an unsuspecting couple who become ensnared in the world of drug-trafficking.

Ellie and Jack Shannon (Lesley Manville and Hugo Weaving) start a jewellery business in Burma. As well as being renowned for its rubies, Burma is also home to one of the corners of the infamous heroine ‘Golden Triangle’. Events turn sinister when one of their biggest customers, Samira Nazib (Pamela Rabe) reveals the true nature of their business and the Shannons ends up spying on her and her partner for the Australian Federal Police…

Principal Cast:
Ellie Shannon: LESLEY MANVILLE; Jack Shannon: HUGO WEAVING; Shelley: KEITH ALLEN; Bambi: ARTHUR ANGEL; Samira Nazib: PAMELA RABE; Frank Gallacher: LARRY SCHOFIELD; NICOLA SHANNON: Rebekah Jay.

‘An exhilarating ride’ – The Times
‘Lesley Manville is excellent as the brittle Ellie’ – The Age
‘A two-part thriller that leads the viewer steadily into a gaping trap and never lets go.’ – Sydney Morning Herald
‘Lesley Manville gives a great performance of a woman, terrified and on the brink of a breakdown’ – The Daily Mirror