ITV Encore Launch Highlights Revealed

The multi-award winning Broadchurch, the most celebrated new drama of 2013, will be the centrepiece of ITV Encore’s launch week schedule, airing again for the first time since its original transmission in March/April last year.

The eight-part drama will air in double bill slots across Monday to Thursday during the opening week of ITV Encore, which launches on 9th June on Sky Channel 123.

The new ITV subscription channel will be dedicated to celebrating the best of contemporary British ITV drama, and will be home to some of ITV’s most successful series of recent years.

Other highlights from the opening weeks of the launch schedule include:

The Bafta award-winning Mrs Biggs starring Sheridan Smith in the title role of Charmain Biggs and Danny Mays as Charmain’s infamous ex husband Ronnie Biggs. Mrs Biggs chronicles Charmain’s life from the fateful moment that, as a teenager on a train, she first met and fell in love with the flirtatious and worldly Biggs.

The Ice Cream Girls is based on the international best selling novel of the same name and stars Lorraine Burroughs and Jodhi May in the lead roles of Serena Gorringe and Poppy Carisle.

David Suchet recently celebrated 25 years playing the world famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in all the Agatha Christie adaptions for ITV. Poirot will screen on ITV Encore starting with the final four stories that aired on ITV last year.

Lucan is a thrilling two-part drama based on the life of flamboyant aristocrat, Lord Lucan, written by award winning writer, Jeff Pope. Rory Kinnear, Christopher Eccleston and Catherine McCormack star.

Also airing from the very beginning of their runs are Whitechapel and DCI Banks. Rupert Penry Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton lead the cast in the darkly atmospheric thriller Whitechapel whilst Stephen Tompkinson heads up the cast in DCI Banks.

Watch the trailer

ITV’s Director of Television, Peter Fincham said,

“Drama is a genre that we know audiences love, and we have worked with some fantastic talent, both on and off screen, to build a really strong stable of series and serials over the years. ITV Encore will give viewers the opportunity to revisit or indeed to discover, a wealth of ITV drama from recent times.”