Is ITV’s Our House a true story? Details on new Martin Compston thriller

Our House started on ITV on Monday night and has had viewers glued to their screens.

The four-part thriller starring Line of Duty’s Martin Compston and Downton Abbey’s Tuppence Middleton showcases every couple’s worst nightmare, that you can build a life, a marriage, a home and then one day it can all just be snatched away.

It follows estranged husband and wife Fi and Bram Lawson, played by Middleton and Compston, and sees Fi arriving home one day to find removal men on her doorstep and strangers moving into her house.

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Of course, Fi believes there’s been a huge mistake and insists her home isn’t for sale.

As events unfold, viewers will see Fi’s panic rising as as she can’t reach estranged husband, Bram, or her two missing children.

ITV has described the drama as a “tense, compelling thriller about the disintegration of a modern marriage and a property obsessed society gone awry”.

The series is full of twist and turns, with Martin himself even issuing a warning over the tense scenes yet to come, and has left viewers wondering whether the shocking events are based on real life.

Tuppence Middleton as Fi and Rupert Penry-Jones as Toby in Our House
(Image: ITV)

Is Our House on ITV a true story?

Thankfully not, it is instead a work of fiction and an adaptation of the international best-selling book by Louise Candlish.

The novel won Crime and Thriller Book of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards and was shortlisted for several other prizes.

A Waterstones Thriller of the Month pick, it spearheaded the crime fiction genre known as “property noir” or “property thrillers”.

Louise’s other novels, such as Those People and The Other Passenger, also explore the UK property crisis, which Louise describes as “the defining obsession of our generation”.

Writer and executive producer Simon Ashdown said he was hooked within pages of reading Louise’s novel and was “immediately gripped by the compelling premise”.

He explained: “The idea that the thing we all take for granted, if we’re lucky enough to have it, a home, a pot of gold that makes up most of our wealth, could suddenly one day just be snatched away, seemed to tap into the zeitgeist, a generation buoyed up by the property boom, buying into the delusion of wealth and security, a bubble that can be popped at any moment.”

Our House continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.

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