ITV films new Prey

New faces have joined the second season of ITV crime drama Prey, which has begun production.

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ITV

Myanna Buring, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Ralph Ineson, and Sammy Winward have joined Philip Glenister and Rosie Cavaliero on the three-part run.

The story sees prison officer David Murdoch’s (Glenister) life become complicated when on a routine visit to a Manchester hospital with female prisoner Jules Hope (Buring) events spiral out of control.  David takes a phone call that will change his life forever and suddenly sees him on the wrong side of the law.

With the life of his heavily pregnant daughter, Emma (Winward), threatened, David has no alternative but to go on the run and inadvertently becomes ‘the prey’.

Kieran O’Brien and Lisa Millet have also joined the cast.

Written by Prey creator Chris Lunt and produced by Red Production Company, it is executive produced by Nicola Shindler and produced by Tom Sherry.

Victoria reigns at ITV

Queen Victoria will be the subject of a new eight-part drama for ITV.

ITV

ITV

Victoria will follow the early life of the monarch, who leaves childhood behind when she ascends the throne at the age of 18.

Produced by Mammoth Screen, it is written by Daisy Goodwin.

Goodwin executive produces with Dan McCulloch, and Damien Timmer. The project was developed by Mammoth Screen’s creative director Rebecca Keane.

Filming will begin in September.

Victoria will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

ITV flies away with Peter Pan

Paloma Faith, Stanley Tucci, and Laura Fraser will headline a new reimagining of JM Barrie’s classic novel Peter Pan.

Peter & Wendy, commissioned by ITV, will open in modern-day Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) where 12-year-old Lucy Rose (Hazel Doupe, who also plays Wendy Darling) is awaiting treatment for a serious heart condition.

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ITV

Her mother Julie (Fraser, also doubling up as Mrs Darling) is distraught with the fear of losing her child, and surgeon Mr Wylie (Tucci, who also plays Hook) assures her he’ll do everything in his power to make the operation a success.

The day before her operation, Lucy reads JM Barrie’s novel of Peter Pan to a crowd of sick children in the hospital, and she goes to sleep with thoughts of the classic tale in her head. Lucy dreams this version of Peter Pan into existence and the story is retold through the young girl’s imagination.

Zac Sutcliffe will play Peter Pan, with Faith starring as Tinker Bell. Bjarne Henriksen, Ben Crompton, and Rasmus Hardiker complete the cast.

Peter & Wendy will be produced by Headline Pictures, Juliette Films, and Lip Sync Productions, and is written by Adrian Hodges. The producers are Christian Baute and Stewart Mackinnon.

The drama is produced in partnership with Catalyst Global Media, the film and television financing and production company run by co-founder and CEO Charlotte Walls.

It will be distributed worldwide by Red Arrow International.

Peter & Wendy is currently in production with filming taking place over a six-week period in Luxembourg, London, and Dorset.

 

ITV calls on Jericho

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

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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.

 

ITV orders dose of Doctor Thorne

Julian Fellowes will adapt Anthony Trollope’s novel Doctor Thorne for a new three-part ITV drama.

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ITV

The story follows Dr Thomas Thorne, who lives with his beautiful niece, Mary, a girl blessed with every gift except money.When the terrifying Lady Arabella Gresham discovers that her son Frank has fallen in love with Dr Thorne’s penniless niece, she is horrified. Her husband has frittered away the family fortune and is only being kept afloat by very favourable loans that Dr Thorne has secured from a railway millionaire, Sir Roger Scatcherd. However, Sir Roger is drinking himself into an early grave and the financial future is uncertain, so Lady Arabella believes it is her son’s duty to make a rich marriage to save the family estate and launches a campaign to secure her son an heiress for a bride.The adaptation will be produced by Hat Trick Productions. The executive producers are Fellowes, Mark Redhead, Chris Kelly, and Ted Childs.Filming will begin later this year.

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.

More murders hit Midsomer

Long-running crime drama Midsomer Murders has been recommissioned for an 18th season.

Midsomer Murders

Midsomer Murders

ITV has ordered six new feature-length episodes, which will air in 2016.

Filming has already begun on the new season, which is again produced by Bentley Productions.

Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby and Gwilym Lee as DC Charlie Nelson both return, with Manjinder Virk joining the cast as pathologist Dr Kam Karimore.

Stories in season 18 will include bodysnatching, competitive cycling, and the sighting of UFOs.

Midsomer Murders is produced by Phil Hunter and executive produced by Jo Wright.

The writing team includes Rachel Cuperman, Sally Griffiths, Chris Murray, and Paul Logue.

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.

ITV cracks Code of a Killer

David Threlfall and John Simm star in a new two-part ITV drama that explores how DNA technology revolutionised the way police investigate crime.

Code of a Killer

Code of a Killer

Code of a Killer is based on the true story of Alec Jeffrey’s discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its first use by Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker to catch a double murderer.

Threlfall plays Baker, who between 1983 and 1987 led the investigation into the brutal murders of two Leicestershire schoolgirls.

Simm takes on the role of Jeffreys, a scientist who in 1984 invented a technique to read individual fingerprints.

The cast also includes Lorcan Cranitch, Robert Glenister, Siobhan Redmond, Anna Madeley, Dorothy Atkinson, Andrew Tiernan, Jaz Deol, Hannah Walters, Lydia Rose Bewley, and Ged Simons.

Produced by World Productions, Code of a Killer is written by Michael Crompton.

It is produced by Priscilla Parish, and executive produced by Simon Heath.