Series / 13

Thirteen is BBC Three's debut drama series and the first series to be released on BBC Three's new online format. The five-episode drama is centered on Ivy Moxam, who was kidnapped at thirteen and held captive in a cellar until her escape at the age of 26. The show deals with her attempts to reconnect with her family and friends, and make up for the thirteen years that she has lost.


This show provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Thirteen year old Ivy Moxam went missing in 2002, when she was kidnapped by Mark White. She then remains missing for thirteen years, during which her parents have no idea whether she's alive or dead.
  • Bathroom Breakout: After an upsetting conversation with a childhood friend, Ivy climbs out of the bathroom window of her parents' house in order to spend some time alone in one of her old childhood haunts.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Lisa, one of the police detectives, accuses Ivy of falling in love with her kidnapper and refusing to help the investigation, causing the young woman to break down into tears. Later, she suggests Ivy as having "Stockholm syndrome", particularly after a video surfaces showing Ivy walking around a shopping mall for six minutes by herself. The truth turns out to be Ivy was forced to pretend to love her kidnapper in order to survive but hated him.
  • Thwarted Escape: During her captivity, Ivy almost escaped once after Dillon let her go. However, Mark White came back home, threw her to the ground, and murdered Dillon in a rage. This traumatized her so much that she did not try to escape again for years.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: After kidnapping Ivy again, Mark White smashes Ivy's face into a bathroom wall. However he makes it clear that he blames his own abusive actions on her trying to escape.
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