ITV have confirmed the commission of eight-part drama series The Halcyon, which tells the story of a bustling and glamorous five-star hotel at the centre of London society and a world at war.
Set in 1940, The Halcyon shows London life through the prism of war and the impact it has on families, politics, relationships and work across every social strata – set to a soundtrack of the music of the era.
Created and written by Charlotte Jones, The Halcyon has been commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.
Of the commission November said, “a hotel is the perfect place to show ambition in telling the story of World War II. It was an extraordinary time in our country’s history, and London was a transforming city. The Halcyon takes us right to the heart of this as the hotel is busy, energetic, and vibrant which reflects how people carried on with their lives with defiance in the air.”
The series will begin filming in London and surrounding areas from April 2016.