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ITV has announced 6 brand new dramas, with 3 of them to premiere on ITV’s brand new, free streaming service ITVX.

ITV, ITVX and Happy Prince announce the cast and commencement of filming for You & Me starring Harry Lawtey, Jessica Barden and Sophia Brown

Casting has been announced for screenwriter Jamie Davis’ brand new London-set 3-part drama for ITV and ITVX, You & Me, commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill.

The drama will premiere on ITV’s brand new, free streaming service ITVX in 2023, before transferring to linear transmission months later.

You & Me is a quintessentially modern love story shot through with the twists, turns and surprises of a gripping thriller. It explores what it means to find love, what it means to lose love, and what it takes to try and love once again.

BAFTA-winning director Tom Vaughan (Doctor Foster, Press, Screw) directs the 3 x 60’ drama, which will be executive produced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins and Alexander Lamb for Happy Prince. Russell T Davies also serves as Executive Producer. Michael Ray is producing the series.

 

 

 

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ITV commissions brand new drama Platform 7 from Dancing Ledge Productions adapted by BAFTA and International Emmy award-winning screenwriter Paula Milne from the bestselling novel by Louise Doughty

ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, has commissioned gripping psychological thriller, Platform 7, from international production company Dancing Ledge Productions (The Responder, The Salisbury Poisonings). 

The 4 part series will be adapted by acclaimed and multi award-winning screenwriter Paula Milne (Him, The Politician’s Husband, White Heat) from the globally renowned bestselling novel of the same title by Louise Doughty. 

Platform 7 will be an ITVX premiere, exclusive to ITV’s new free streaming service, many months ahead of linear transmission on ITV main channel. 

The drama is a haunting thriller following central character Lisa who, after witnessing a cataclysmic event on platform 7 of a railway station, finds her own fragmented memory jogged to reveal a connection between her own life and that of the event she has just witnessed. Supernatural elements combine with contemporary realism in this chilling drama.

This is no traditional ‘spooky’ ghost story. It’s the tale of a ghost on a quest to discover who she was and the events that led to her untimely death. Her story is a celebration of indignation versus passivity and truth versus lies. While writing it from Louise Doughty’s astute and emotionally intelligent novel, I began to feel she’s the ghost in all of us; the unseen part of us when we find ourselves reflecting on the wisdom of our past decisions. Sometimes with regret, occasionally with rancour but more often with the complicated relish of what it means to be human. Paula Milne, Screenwriter

ITV commissions compelling crime thriller, Six Four, starring Kevin McKidd and Vinette Robinson, written by Gregory Burke, and produced by House Productions

ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill has commissioned four-part event drama, Six Four, created by BAFTA Scotland Award-winning screenwriter, Gregory Burke, and starring Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy, Trainspotting) and Vinette Robinson (Boiling Point, Sherlock, The A-Word), and produced by House Productions. 

The drama will premiere on ITV’s brand new, free streaming service ITVX in 2023, before transferring to linear transmission months later.

Inspired by the best-selling novel Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama, the drama is set primarily in Glasgow, and is a dark and compelling story of kidnap, corruption, betrayal and an uncompromising search for the truth, when Chris and Michelle O’Neill’s teenage daughter goes missing.

 

 

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ITV commissions medical thriller Malpractice, starring Niamh Algar produced by World Productions, written by former doctor, Grace Ofori-Attah and directed by Boiling Point’s Philip Barantini

ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill has commissioned medical thriller, Malpractice, produced by World Productions, written by Grace Ofori-Attah, directed by BAFTA nominated director Philip Barantini and starring BAFTA nominee, Niamh Algar (Deceit, Calm with Horses, Raised by Wolves).

Dr Lucinda Edwards (Niamh Algar) is a smart, battle-hardened doctor, but we meet her on a nightmare shift that ends in the death of an opioid overdose victim, Edith Owusu. Despite the support of her medical supervisor, Dr Leo Harris, played by James Purefoy (A Discovery of Witches, Pennyworth, Sex Education), Edith’s grieving father Sir Anthony Owusu, played by Brian Bovell (Crime, Strike), demands an enquiry into Lucinda’s actions on the fateful night.

Through the cat and mouse thriller of the medical investigation, Malpractice tells the story of a damaged doctor caught up in a dangerous conspiracy.

Malpractice is written by Grace Ofori-Attah, whose credits include In the Long Run and Urban Myths, directed by Philip Barantini (Boiling Point, The Responder, Villain) and produced by Sophie Reynolds (State of the Union).

 

 

 

 

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ITV announces start of filming for true crime drama, The Hunt for Raoul Moat, starring Lee Ingleby, produced by acclaimed producers World Productions, and written by Anne screenwriter Kevin Sampson

The Hunt For Raoul Moat shines a light on the human tragedies that lay behind Britain’s biggest manhunt, told through the eyes of those who sought to bring a violent killer to justice. 

The drama focuses on the innocent victims of Moat’s crimes - Christopher Brown, Samantha Stobbart and PC David Rathband; the police officers who put themselves in the firing line in their quest to apprehend Moat; and the local journalist who sought to tell Moat’s real story in a landscape of sensationalist reporting and social media provocation.

Lee Ingleby (Criminal UK, The A Word, Inspector George Gently) plays Neil Adamson, a senior Northumbria Police Officer leading the race against time to apprehend Moat, Sonya Cassidy (The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Last Kingdom, Lodge 49) as local journalist Diane Barnwell, Vineeta Rishi (Vera, Collateral, Three Girls) as Nisha Roberts, Sally Messham (Artemis Fowl, Doc Martin, Our Ladies) as Samantha Stobbart, Matt Stokoe (Cursed, Jamestown, Bodyguard) as Raoul Moat and Josef Davis (Young Wallander, Chernobyl, Silent Witness) as Christopher Brown.

 

ITV commissions six part medical drama, Maternal, starring Parminder Nagra, Lara Pulver and Lisa McGrillis, written by Jacqui Honess-Martin, directed by James Griffiths and executive produced by Patrick Spence for ITV Studios

ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, has commissioned six-part medical drama, Maternal, about three female doctors returning to post-pandemic frontline medicine after maternity leave and having to heroically balance the intense demands of the NHS and motherhood.

The drama will bring together leading actresses Parminder Nagra (DI Ray, Blacklist), Lara Pulver (The Split, The Alienist) and Lisa McGrillis (King Gary, Mum). 

Maternal explores working motherhood with wit, warmth and humour and offers a unique perspective on our beloved, overstretched NHS, and the people who hold it together. Sometimes.

Maternal is currently filming and will air on ITV in 2023.

Jacqui's scripts are brilliant, and they perfectly capture how difficult it can be for women juggling family life, whilst under pressure at work, making critical life or death decisions. It's hard to believe this is her first television drama. I'm thrilled Parminder, Lara and Lisa will lead our cast and to be working with Patrick Spence and James Griffiths on what promises to be a modern and engaging medical drama. Polly Hill, ITV Head of Drama

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