ITV is to dramatize the postal scandal that saw postal workers wrongly jailed due to a computer error. The four-part drama, entitled People Vs The Post Office will be written by acclaimed screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes (Honour, Vanity Fair, Dark Angel). Many of the wronged workers who were prosecuted, some of whom were imprisoned for crimes they never committed, are already working with the producers to document how their lives were irreparably ruined by the scandal.
Commented Natasha Bondy, Production Company Little Gem’s Creative Director and Executive Producer, and Patrick Spence, ITV Studios: “Being trusted with telling this story is a huge honour for the whole production team. We are going to ensure the biggest possible audience get to hear how much the subpostmasters suffered, how hard they had to fight for justice and how determined they are that the fight is not yet over.”
Following the landmark Court of Appeal decision to overturn their criminal convictions, dozens of former sub-postmasters and postmistresses have been exonerated on all counts as they battled to finally clear their names. They fought for ten years finally proving their innocence and sealing a resounding victory, but all involved believe the fight is not over yet, not by a long way.
Commented Gwyneth Hughes: “I’ve been talking for a while now to some of the people whose lives were turned upside down by this appalling business. I find it just astonishing, and deeply troubling, that this could have happened in my country, and I confess it’s shaken my confidence in British justice. The sub postmasters at the heart of the fightback are such a lively, interesting and indomitable bunch. They never gave up, and I’m honoured to be telling their stories.”
People vs The Post Office is expected in 2022 with cast to be announced later in the year.