If there’s one plus to the World Cup dominating the BBC schedules it’s that if you wait there will be rather exciting trailers for their upcoming drama this autumn. With an exciting tagline of ‘drama worth waiting for’ they have released two trailers that give us a glimpse of the dramas we’ll be treated to once the football comes to its end.
The first looks at the second series of The Village, Kay Mellor’s in the Club and single drama Our Zoo
In Our Zoo Lee Ingleby (Inspector George Gently) will play George Mottershead, an ex-serviceman with a dream to build the first British zoo without bars, with Liz White (Line of Duty) playing his loyal wife Lizzie Mottershead, mother to Mew and June.
BAFTA-nominated actress Anne Reid (Last Tango In Halifax) takes the role of Lucy Mottershead, whose world is turned upside down when her husband, Albert (Peter Wight, The Paradise), sells their shop to help fund George’s plans for the zoo and both are forced to live with their son and family in the country.
The series also stars Ralf Little (The Royle Family) as Lizzie’s mischievous brother Billy Atkinson, Sophia Myles (Underworld) playing Lady Katherine, the mysterious aristocrat who lives next door, and Stephen Campbell-Moore (The History Boys) playing Reverend Aaron Webb.
Upcoming actors Amelia Clarkson and Honor Kneafsey play George and Lizzie’s children, Mew (Clarkson) and June (Kneafsey).
New Kay Mellor drama In the Club stars Hermione Norris, Tara Fitzgerald, Jill Halfpenny, Katherine Parkinson, plus Will Mellor, Jonathan Kerrigan, Christine Bottomley, Luke Thompson, Taj Atwal, Sacha Dhawan and newcomer Hannah Midgley.
A seemingly straightforward antenatal group reveals secrets and lies bubbling beneath the surface that threaten each of the new families. In sharing the most intimate of experiences, they are shown how dreams can change in an instant and form a life-long bond and friendship.
Series 2 of The Village sees the story move into ‘the roaring twenties.’ Twenty-three-year-old newcomer Tom Varey has been cast as the adult Bert, the son of John and Grace Middleton played by John Simm and Maxine Peake.
Now in a world of boom and bust, motor cars and the Charleston, the Twenties bring a blast of energy and freedom to the village; as the outside world continues to break down barriers, bringing with it the big dramas that change will always generate.
New faces arrive in the village as Lord Kilmarnock (Julian Sands – 24, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) causes upset to all he encounters; and the station master’s daughter Phoebe (Phoebe Dyneover – Prisoners’ Wives, Waterloo Road), falls for Bert, who never notices because of his infatuation with Martha.
Harsh landowner Alf Rutter (Ben Batt – Scott & Bailey, Shameless) continues his family’s battle with his neighbours the Middletons; while Grace (Peake) fights for her rights and for her community – and meets her match in ex miner and Labour candidate Robin (Derek Riddell – No Angels, Ugly Betty).
Joy Dangerfield (Juliet Aubrey – The White Queen, Primeval) brings the world of Marie Stopes to the village; and Robert Read (Alex Robertson – London Wall) rocks Edmund Allingham’s world. Bert’s likeable mate Gilbert Hankin (Anderw Gower – Monroe, Being Human) is not his father’s son; and then the professional touring boxer Ghana Jones (Daniel Ezra), discovers village life.
The second more fast paced trailer features glimpses of Remember Me, The Driver, Our Girl and The Missing.
The Driver is a three part thrilling drama written by Danny Brocklehurst (Clocking Off, Exile, Accused), starring award-winning actor David Morrissey (The Walking Dead, The Deal, The 7.39) in the lead role.
It is co-created by BAFTA award-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst and Jim Poyser, co-produced by new production company Highfield Pictures and award-winning RED Production Company for BBC One and is directed by Jamie Payne (Doctor Who, The White Queen, The Hour).
It’s the story of an ordinary man who – because of family mystery, frustration with his job and his life – makes a terrible decision.
The Missing is a co-production with US network Starz follows Tony, played by James Nesbitt (The Hobbit trilogy, Jekyll) – a man who will do whatever it takes to find his missing child. When Oliver disappears on a holiday in France, Tony’s exhaustive search fractures his marriage to Emily, played by Frances O’Connor (Mr Selfridge, AI Artificial Intelligence), and threatens to destroy his life.
Lacey Turner returns in a five-part follow on to single drama Our Girl. The story is of the unstoppable Molly Dawes (Lacey Turner), born and raised in East London with few prospects, who went from nobody to a soldier in the Royal Army Medical Corps. The series follows Molly on her first deployment as a serving army medic against the backdrop of the British Army’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Molly will be forced to grow up very quickly by the unforgettable experiences she faces and crucially, she will make friends among her platoon, who will become almost as important to her as family, as they face extraordinary challenges in a foreign land far away from home. Afghanistan will change Molly’s view of life in ways she could never have foreseen – and shape the character of our girl forever.
Finally Michael Palin stars in Remember Me. A haunting three-part mystery, on the day a frail old Yorkshireman leaves his own home to move into residential care, he becomes the sole witness to a violent death. His teenage care assistant tries to unravel the riddle of his strange and secretive life, and is drawn into an eerie and dangerous world of lost love and betrayal.
We simply can’t wait for these for these dramas to start. Roll on the Autumn.