ITVS GE’s MIPCOM 2017 slate is headlined by the highly anticipated The City and The City (4x1hr), Mammoth Screen’s adaptation of China Miéville’s genre-busting novel for BBC Two.
Also leading ITV Studios’ scripted slate is Big Talk’s comedy drama Living the Dream (6x1hr). From the makers of Cold Feet, the series for Sky 1, follows a British family as they decide to leave rainy England and start a new life in the sunshine state of Florida, but discover they may not be living the dream they had hoped for.
ITVS GE is also launching brand new dramas Next of Kin (6x1hr), Mammoth Screen’s gripping and contemporary family drama for ITV; Danish – Swedish – German co-production Greyzone (10x1hr) about the events leading-up to a terror attack and premiering on TV 2 (Denmark) and C More (Sweden) in Spring 2018.
Plus, both Tall Story Pictures’ dark and compelling thrillers Bancroft (4x1hr) following a ruthless and courageous Detective Chief Superintendent running an operation to bring down a vicious gangand Trauma (3x1hr) a psychological thriller centred on fathers Dan and Jon whose lives collide following a family tragedy.
The new series join ITVS GE’s wide slate of returning drama including Poldark, Harlots, Victoria, Murdoch Mysteries, Jordskott, Good Witch, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Aber Bergen and Endeavour. Plus, recently premiered series Somewhere Between and Fearless.
Ruth Berry, Managing Director ITVS GE said: “Our ambition is to be a truly international distributor, representing the very best drama from around the world. As we move in that direction our portfolio is broadening and this new slate of outstanding drama is one of our most diverse yet.
Berry added: “Mammoth Screen is one of the world’s most in-demand drama producers, their work is shown in almost every country. We are thrilled to be launching The City and The City – it is like nothing else: dark, gripping and truly distinctive. This series will be a must watch for viewers everywhere.
“Comedy drama can be in no safer hands than with Big Talk and their latest series, Living the Dream, follows a family finding out if the grass is really greener on the other side. It’s brilliant fun and features a stellar cast headed by Lesley Sharp and Philip Glenister.”
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The City and The City
Mammoth Screen for BBC2
Tony Grisoni (The Young Pope, Southcliffe, The Red Riding Trilogy) adapts this four-part genre-busting thriller from one of Britain’s foremost fantasy writers.
Morrissey (The Missing, The Walking Dead) heads a cast which includes Lara Pulver (Sherlock, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) as Borlú’s wife Katrynia; Mandeep Dhillon (Some Girls) as Constable Corwi of the Besźel Policzai; Maria Schrader (Deutschland 83) as Senior Detective Dhatt of the Ul Qoma Militsya; Ron Cook (Mr Selfridge) as Borlú’s superior Commissar Gadlem; Danny Webb (Humans) as hard-right nationalist politician Major Syedr; and Christian Camargo (Penny Dreadful) as Doctor Bowden, an American academic.
The body of a foreign student is discovered in the streets of the down at heel city of Besźel. Cases like this are run of the mill for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad - until his investigations uncover evidence that the dead girl had come from another city called Ul Qoma. But the relationship between the two cities defies comprehension and will challenge everything Borlú holds dear.
Living The Dream
Big Talk for Sky 1
Starring Philip Glenister (Outcast, Mad Dogs) and Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, Paranoid), the series has been created and written by Mick Ford (Single Father, The Five), produced by Big Talk Productions (Cold Feet, Mum, Rev.) and will be directed by Saul Metzstein (Doctor Who, You, Me and the Apocalypse) and Philippa Langdale (Dickensian, Skins).
The six-part series follows a British family, the Pembertons – husband Mal (Glenister), wife Jen (Sharp) and their two teenage kids, Tina (Rosie Day) and Freddie (Brenock O’Connor) – who decide it’s time to leave rainy England and move to the sunshine state of Florida.
Mal’s bought an RV park with plans for a booming family-run business, but it soon turns out that they are not going to be living the dream they hoped. Before they’ve even settled in, Mal discovers that the park is home to a group of eccentric residents who are not exactly thrilled to meet their new owners. Jen has to learn how to survive American suburbia and the kids have to navigate a US high school.
With culture clashes aplenty, life in Britain soon seems even further away than they’d thought it would. But with the support of each other and their crazy new friends, they begin to learn how to live the American Dream.
Next of Kin
Mammoth Screen for ITV
Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee, Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife, The Fall), and renowned actor, Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smash), will star in Mammoth Screen’s fast-paced family thriller.
The six-part series follows whip-smart GP Mona Harcourt (Panjabi) who lives in London with political lobbyist husband Guy Harcourt (Davenport). Family life is shattered when Mona’s brother is brutally murdered whilst working for a medical charity abroad. As the death brings buried secrets to light, Mona’s family finds itself under suspicion, each drawn deep into a tangle of betrayal and conspiracy as they try to protect their loved ones and careers. Mona finds herself facing the ultimate dilemma: how far would you go to keep your family safe?
The major contemporary thriller is created by BAFTA-nominated Paul Rutman (Indian Summers, Vera) in his first collaboration with writer wife, Natasha Narayan, and will be directed by Emmy Award and BAFTA Award-nominated Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Bleak House).
Premiering on TV 2 (Denmark) and C More (Sweden)
The Danish-Swedish-German co-production is a 10-episode TV-series created by head writers Oskar Söderlund and Morten Dragsted, alongside show runner Rasmus Thorsen and producer Tomas Hostrup-Larsen. Jesper W. Nielsen (The Day Will Come) is attached as the director for the first five episodes.
Greyzone is a character-driven drama about the events leading up to a terror-attack in Scandinavia. Victoria a drone engineer, is taken hostage by terrorists while the Secret Services in Denmark and Sweden are fighting against the clock to prevent an attack.
Tall Story Pictures for ITV Encore
Bancroft is a dark and compelling four-part thriller with a tortured female detective at its heart. Created and written by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge, Ice Cream Girls, The Making of a Lady), leading actress Sarah Parish (Broadchurch, W1A, Cutting It) will play respected police officer DCI Elizabeth Bancroft, a woman with dark secrets in her past.
Ruthless and courageous, Bancroft is a brilliant copper. She has given her life to the police force. Consequently, she’s trusted and adored by her colleagues and promotion to Detective Chief Superintendent looks assured. Bancroft is running an operation to bring down the pernicious and vicious Kamara gang. She adopts dubious methods, but the most violent brother, Athif, rules the local town with an iron fist, so it’s hard not to applaud her actions.
Joining Parish is acclaimed actress Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, Black Mirror, Love Nina), who takes on the role of DS Katherine Stevens, an ambitious fast-tracked recruit. When Katherine is assigned to a particular cold case, she unwittingly disturbs the ghosts of the past and what she unearths shakes Bancroft to her core.
Tall Story Pictures for ITV
The three-part psychological thriller centres on two fathers, Dan and Jon, whose lives collide when Dan’s 15 year-old son Alex is stabbed and tragically dies in the trauma department attended by high-achieving consultant Allerton.
An original drama written by multi award-winning playwright and dramatist, Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, The Town) and directed by Marc Evans (Hinterland. Safe House 1 & 2, Aberfan Young Wives’ Club). Adrian Lester (Hustle, Undercover, London Spy) will star as family man Jon Allerton, a well-educated, confident and high achieving trauma surgeon. John Simm (State of Play, Exile, Prey) stars as Dan Bowker, a factory manager struggling to cope as his life unravels around him.
Trauma also stars Rowena King (Of Kings and Profits, Lie To Me, The Bucket List) who plays Lisa Allerton, a successful psychiatrist, wife of Jon and mother of their 18-year-old daughter Alana, played by Jade Anouka (Chewing Gum, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man). Lyndsey Marshal (Trespass Against Us, From Darkness, Rome) stars as Susie Bowker, Dan’s hard-working wife and mother of his three children, Alex, Catherine and Mark.
Devastated, heartbroken and pushed to the edge, Dan believes Jon is responsible for Alex’s death. As he strives for justice, Dan begins to unpick the very fabric of Jon's life as his own unravels in the wake of Alex’s killing.