The twisted-reality case of Jan Broberg, an Idaho teenager who was kidnapped twice by his neighbors in the 1970s, drives this riveting nine-episode series, “Family Friends.”
“What they’re going through is so complex, so scary…it feels like a story, and you need to be immersed in a story that takes hours to understand mentally and emotionally,” said the project’s executive producer. , said author Nick Antosca. “Their experience was a slow burn.” (Broberg and her mother Marianne were producers.)
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Flack’s Anna Paquin and The Offer’s Colin Hanks play Broberg’s parents who don’t know that the seemingly innocent Mormon Robert Berchtold (The White Lotus’ Jake Lacy) is obsessed with their daughter (Hendrix Yancey plays young Jan, and Older McKenna Grace). Before they knew it, Berchtold had not only infiltrated their marriage, but had also run a scheme to discover that he had kidnapped Jan when he was 12, and then again two years later.
“It’s hard to understand the kind of mind that’s focused on such a goal,” Antosca points out to Berchtold’s sinister obsession. “It’s surreal when you hear his voice in the FBI recordings and his own audio diaries.”
Family Friend, Limited Series Premiere, Thursday 6 October, Peacock
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