ITV STUDIOS GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES SPRING 17 DRAMA SLATE

ITV STUDIOS GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES SPRING 17 DRAMA SLATE

HARLOTS & FEARLESS HEAD TO MIPTV

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN TO LAUNCH AT LA SCREENINGS

7th March 2017Harlots and Fearless will lead ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s (ITVS GE) scripted slate at MIPTV. Ambitious period drama Harlots, commissioned by Hulu and ITV Encore, and Mammoth Screen’s political thriller Fearless, for ITV, will be introduced to buyers this April.

Separately, brand new American series Somewhere Between, for ABC, will be launched by ITVS GE at LA Screenings in May. The drama thriller will be distributed by ITVS GE.

Ruth Berry, Managing Director, ITVS GE said: “We’re very proud to be launching three distinctive new scripted series. Each of these dramas takes a fresh approach on their respective genres. In Somewhere Between typical story telling is turned on its head through the protagonist’s certain knowledge that her daughter will become a victim and her desperate attempts to prevent it. Fearless combines the absorbing backdrops of both the legal and political worlds to dramatic effect, whilst Harlots is a period drama with salacious story lines – told entirely from a female perspective. These are world class, channel defining productions which we believe will stand out in the thriving international drama business.”

Commissioned by Hulu and ITV Encore and produced by Monumental Pictures, Harlots (8x1hr) is set against the backdrop of 18th century Georgian London and offers a brand new take on the city’s most valuable commercial activity – sex. Based on the stories of real women, the series follows Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) and her daughters, as she struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and brothel owner. When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret will fight back, even if it means putting her family at risk.

Written by Homeland writer and executive producer Patrick Harbinson, Fearless (6x1hr) follows Emma Blunt (Helen McCrory), a solicitor known for defending lost causes. She’s investigating the killing of a schoolgirl and trying to free the man she thinks was wrongly convicted of the girl’s murder. As she digs ever deeper into the case she begins to sense powerful forces in the police and the intelligence services, at home and abroad, who want to stop her uncovering the truth.

The highly anticipated drama thriller Somewhere Between (10x1hr), features Paula Patton as Laura Price, a superstar news producer in San Francisco and fiercely loving mom. She isn't crazy: Laura knows her 8-year-old daughter is going to be murdered. She doesn't know who the murderer is, or why she's killed, but she knows exactly when it will happen, where, and how. Despite this, all of her attempts to keep her daughter safe fail, and Serena's fixed, unmovable, terrifying fate keeps her directly in the path of her killer.

Harlots, Fearless and Somewhere Between join ITVS GE’s slate of returning series including international hits Victoria, Cold Feet, Poldark, Good Witch, Endeavour and Vera.

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For further information contact: Tracey Jaques, + 44 (0) 20 7157 6185, + 44 (0) 7730 637731, tracey.jaques@itv.com or Lee Taylor, + 44 (0) 207 157 3716, lee.taylor@itv.com