ITV calls on Jericho

Former Call the Midwife star Jessica Raine will lead the cast in a new eight-part ITV drama.

ITV

ITV

Set in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1870s, Jericho will focus on the shantytown of Jericho, home to a community that will live, thrive and die in the shadow of the viaduct they’ve been brought together to build.

The cast also includes Clarke Peters, Hans Matheson, Mark Addy, Lorraine Ashbourne, Amy James-Kelly, and Daniel Rigby.

Jericho is created and written by Steve Thompson and executive produced by ITV Studios’ director of drama Kate Bartlett. Lisa Osborne will produce.

The drama will go into production later this month in North Yorkshire.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute Jericho internationally.

 

NBC unleashes Aquarius online

It’s a move that’s proven successful for online platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

But now US network NBC is pushing new boundaries by releasing every episode of a drama at once.

All 13 episodes of Aquarius will be made available on NBC.com and other VoD players after the show’s terrestrial debut on May 28.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The full season will be available online for four weeks, while the show will air one episode each week on NBC.

Aquarius, set in Los Angeles in 1967, follows a decorated World War Two veteran and homicide detective who agrees to search for the missing daughter of an old girlfriend with the help of an idealistic undercover vice cop.

But they soon realise they need to get her home as soon as possible because she has joined a small, but growing, band of drifters under the sway of a career criminal who now dreams of being a rock star: Charles Manson.

It stars David Duchovny, Emma Dumont, Grey Damon, and Gethin Anthony.

Writer John McNamara executive produces with Marty Adelstein, Duchovny, Becky Clements, and Melanie Greene.

Aquarius is produced by Tomorrow Studios, a joint partnership between Adelstein and ITV Studios.

Beowulf suits up for ITV

Here’s the first image of Kieran Bew starring as Beowulf in the new ITV adaptation of the classic story.

Beowulf

Beowulf

Bew stars alongside William Hurt, Joanne Whalley, and recently announced guest star David Harewood in the 13-part series.

Created by writer James Dormer, Tim Haines and Katie Newman, the drama is set in the mythical Shieldlands, a place of spectacle and danger populated by both humans and fantastical creatures.

Produced by ITV Studios, Dormer, Haines and Newman executive produce. Stephen Smallwood produces.

Filming is currently taking place.

ITV takes Lewis for ninth season

Inspector Morse spin-off Lewis has won a ninth season order at ITV.

Lewis

Lewis

Kevin  Whately and Laurence Fox will return for six new episodes, reprising their roles as Detectives Robbie Lewis and James Hathaway.

The cast also includes Angela Griffin,and Clare Holman.

The arrival of a new Chief Superintendent heralds a fresh dawn for Oxfordshire Police, although the high flyer soon clashes with Lewis over the latter’s more traditional approach to detective work.

ITV Studios will begin production in Oxford in May.

The first two-part film is written by Helen Jenkins.

The producer is Chris Burt, while Mammoth Screen’s Michele Buck is the executive producer.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment distributes Lewis internationally.

BBC One sets up The Moorside Project

BBC One will go behind the headlines with a two-part drama about the public reaction to the disappearance of a schoolgirl.

BBC One

BBC One

Shannon Matthews was just nine when she vanished from her home on the Moorside estate in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, in February 2008.

She was found 24 days later at the home of Michael Donovan, who was later jailed alongside the girl’s mother for kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice.

In The Moorside Project (working title), the team behind award-winning Appropriate Adult will now reveal how a group of ordinary women brought their community together to find the missing girl – and the impact when it was revealed the disappearance was faked with the knowledge of her mother.

Produced by ITV Studios, writer Neil McKay executive produces with Jeff Pope.

Filming will begin later this year.

Cast announced for Midwinter of the Spirit

Anna Maxwell-Martin will lead the cast in ITV Encore’s supernatural drama Midwinter of the Spirit.

ITV Encore

ITV Encore

The three-part series sees Maxwell-martin play a single mother and a vicar – who also works as an exorcist.

When she is asked to help the police solve a murder, she becomes convinced Satanists are at work.

The cast also includes David Threlfall, Siobhan Finneran, Ben Bailey Smith, Leila Mimmack, Kate Dickie, Simon Trinder, Oengus MacNamara, and David Sterne.

Midwinter of the Spirit is based on the books by Phil Rickman, adapted by Stephen Volk.

It is produced by ITV Studios and Phil Collinson, with executive producer Kieran Roberts.

Filming will begin later this month.

ITV’s Mr Selfridge back for fourth season

ITV period drama Mr Selfridge has been commissioned for a fourth season.

Ten new episodes of the series have been ordered for 2016.

Mr Selfridge

Mr Selfridge

Jeremy Piven stars as the charismatic American retail entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge, the man behind the world-famous Selfridges department store in London.

The fourth season will focus on his dramatic fall as he loses hold on the empire and social status he created.

Katherine Kelly, Tom Goodman-Hill, Ron Cook, Amanda Abbington, Amy Beth Hayes, Trystan Gravelle, Sacha Parkinson, and Samuel West will also return.

Helen Raynor is the lead writer alongside Kate O’Riordan, James Payne, Matt Jones, Hamish Wright, and Ben Morris.

Lindy Woodhead, the author of Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge, the book that inspired the series, continues as an advisor.

Dominic Barlow will return as series producer and ITV Studios’ Kate Lewis will executive produce with Raynor, and Rebecca Eaton.

Mr Selfridge is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

The third season will have its US premiere on March 29 on Masterpiece on PBS.

ITV reveals Beowulf cast

Kieran Bew, William Hurt, and Joanne Whalley will head the cast of ITV’s epic warrior drama Beowulf.

Beowulf

Beowulf

Produced by ITV Studios, the series is described as a reimagining of one of literature’s greatest heroes – Beowulf.

Bew will play the lead, with Hurt as Hrothgar, and Whalley as Rheda.

The cast will also include Ed Speleers, David Ajala, Ian Puleston-Davies, Ellora Torchia, Gisli Orn Gardarsson, Susan Aderin, Kirsty Oswald, Laura Donnelly, Edward Hogg, Alex Price, Jack Rowan, and Itoya Osagiede.

In the first episode, Beowulf returns to Herot to pay his respects to the recently deceased Thane, Hrothgar – the man who raised him. But when Herot is attacked by the monster Grendl, Beowulf decides to hunt it down, winning the support of the community and the new female Thane.Created by James Dormer, Tim Haines, and Katie Newman, the 13-part series is set in the mythical Shieldlands, a place that is home to humans and fantastical creatures.

Writer Dormer executive produces with Haines and Newman. The producer is Stephen Smallwood.

Filming will begin later this month for transmission on ITV.

TF1 translates A Mother’s Son

TF1 in France has ordered an adaptation of British drama A Mother’s Son.

Tu es mon fils (aka You are my son) will be produced by Europacorp Télévison and ITV Studios France.

The story sees a mother begin to suspect her son of the murder of a young schoolgirl in the small town of Fouras. But once she begins to uncover the truth, how far can she go to protect her son.

The original series, produced by ITV Studios, first aired on ITV in the UK in 2012.

A Mother's Son

A Mother’s Son

Tu es mon fils debuts on TF1 on February 23.

PBS adds new UK dramas

PBS is extending its slate of UK drama with two new acquisitions.

PBS Masterpiece

PBS Masterpiece

Joining its Sunday Masterpiece night line-up, which is already home to hit period drama Downton Abbey, are Arthur & George, and Home Fires.

Both series will air on PBS later in 2015.

Arthur & George stars Martin Clunes as world-famous author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a three-part adaptation of Julian Barnes’ novel about the separate but intersecting lives of two very different men – a half-Indian son of a vicar who is framed for a crime he may or may not have committed, and Doyle, who investigates the case.

It is coproduced by Buffalo Pictures and Masterpiece for ITV.

Home Fires sees Samantha Bond and Francesca Annis play members of a group of women living in a small rural village during World War Two. Separated from their husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers for years at a time, they find themselves under extraordinary pressure in a rapidly fragmenting world.

The show is coproduced by ITV Studios and Masterpiece, also for ITV.

Both series are distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.