Renowned film and television actor Ray Winstone will play Jimmy Rose in new ITV drama The Trials of Jimmy Rose to be produced by ITV Studios.
He will be joined by one of the UK’s most respected leading actresses Amanda Redman who will play his wife Jackie.
The two actors are already good friends after their role as husband and wife in the acclaimed crime film, Sexy Beast in 2000.
The Trials of Jimmy Rose tells the story of the notorious armed robber, Jimmy Rose, who throughout his lifetime has made crime pay. A beautiful detached home on a small executive estate are the profits of his life of crime. But what Jimmy has gained in luxury goods, has undoubtedly come at an enormous cost to his family. And it’s a cost Jimmy hasn’t really bargained for.
Over the years he’s spent more time in prison than with the love of his life, Jackie, their two adult children, Jason and Julie and grandchildren Elliot, Ellie and India. Consequently, happy distant memories of Jimmy have been shattered by years of abandonment. Especially for Jackie, who no longer knows if she loves him, and for Jason, who has finally cut his Dad completely from his life, and wants nothing more to do with him.
During his latest stretch in prison Jimmy’s family have moved on with their lives. His years of taking them for granted have taken their toll and unexpectedly Jimmy won’t be on the receiving end of a universally warm welcome when released from prison this time. Crucially, can Jimmy put his criminal life behind him and regain their respect and love by being a grandfather, a father and a husband, not a criminal?
The Trials of Jimmy Rose is a three-part drama written and created by Alan Whiting (Strike Back, Kingdom – creator and writer, Wire in the Blood, Half Broken Things), and will be directed by Adrian Shergold (Lucan, Mad Dogs, Dirty Filthy Love).
Ray Winstone has said “Alan Whiting has created and written a gift of a role. I’m excited to be playing him and to be working with the great Amanda Redman. She’s such a fine actress, and together with Adrian Shergold and the production team, I’m sure we’ll be able to bring Jimmy and Jackie to life.”
Filming takes place in Manchester next Month.