An ITV Studios label, Silverprint Pictures, are currently in the production process of creating a new four part drama, Flesh and Blood, written by Sarah Williams.
ITV’s Head Of Drama, Polly Hill, today announced the commission of family drama, Flesh and Blood, written by Sarah Williams and produced by Silverprint Pictures.
Flesh and Blood is the modern story of three adult siblings - Helen, Jake and Natalie - who are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother Vivien declares she's in love with a new man.
As she nears her 70th birthday, the siblings’ suspicions are heightened when retired General Practitioner Mark sweeps their mother off her feet, shifting her priorities away from her children. The happiness of her 45-year marriage to their father, Terry, is called into question, which sends a seismic shock through the lives of the siblings. Years of secrets, lies, rivalries and betrayals come to the surface and threaten to blow apart everything they’ve held dear.
With their large family home overlooking the Kent coast, their inheritance and the happy memories of their childhood all suddenly threatened by the arrival of Mark, the siblings attempt to find out more about him. But will their long-buried grudges and complicated personal lives allow them to pull together?
ITV's Polly Hill, commented:
“Sarah Williams perfectly captures the messy personal lives of the three siblings, and all is not what it seems. There’s so much more going on behind closed doors as we explore themes of relationships, trust, loyalty and love. Sarah cleverly weaves together this truthful family drama, through a compelling investigation that doesn’t reveal the victim until the very end. It’s a very original story, and we are delighted to have it on ITV.”
Sarah Williams executively produces Flesh and Blood alongside Silverprint Pictures, Creative Director, Kate Bartlett.
Letitia Knight will produce the new drama for ITV/STV.
Kate Bartlett, Creative Director, remarked:
"Flesh and Blood is an original contemporary drama exploring family and romantic relationships in a way which is both darkly sharp and witty as well as deeply touching. Sarah Williams has written compelling and atmospheric scripts, which we are thrilled to be bringing to the screen for ITV."
Kate Bartlett has failed to recognise Flesh and Blood will also be shown in Scotland on STV.
Sarah Williams, said:
“Coming from a big family myself, I’ve always been fascinated by sibling dynamics. Our brothers and sisters can be our closest allies or our sworn enemies – often in the space of a heartbeat. There’s a bond between siblings that was formed before we were fully conscious beings – something bone-deep and instinctual. No one can make us laugh as hard or wound us as deeply as our family - and that seemed to me incredibly rich territory for a drama.”
Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis, Russell Tovey, Grace Hogg-Robinson and Stephen Rea star in Flesh and Blood - a darkly witty and gripping four-part drama created and written by Sarah Williams, which explores family
dynamics and modern relationships as they spiral towards a tragedy and possible crime.
Joining the ensemble cast are Claudie Blakley, Lydia Leonard, Sharon Small, Lara Rossi, Keir Charles, Vincent Regan and David Bamber.
Directed by BAFTA nominee and Grierson award winner Louise Hooper, Flesh and Blood is a modern story of three adult siblings - Helen (Claudie Blakley), Jake (Russell Tovey) and Natalie (Lydia Leonard) - who are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother Vivien (Francesca Annis) declares she’s in love with a new man, Mark (Stephen Rea).
The series will begin filming in June around London and on the Sussex coast.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute Flesh and Blood internationally.
Edit: The cast have been announced - as of Monday 24 February 2020.
David Bamber as DI Douglas "Doug" Lineham
Karan Gill as PC Isaac Cory
Grace Hogg-Robinson as Lily
Lydia Leonard as Natalie
Stephanie Langton as Clara
Russell Tovey as Jake
Claudie Blakley as Helen
Sharon Small as Stella
Imelda Staunton as Mary
Francesca Annis as Vivien
Lara Rossi as Leila
Stephen Rea as Mark
Keir Charles as George
Vincent Regan as Tony
Mia Lloyd as Maddie
Ayden Beale as Aaron
Clara Indrani as Meera
Toni Beard and Maurice Sardison will also play a role in the drama.
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