Join Olivia Colman, Colin Firth in a Period Film + More Greenlit UK Projects

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Photo Source: Netflix/20th Century Fox. Pictured – Olivia Colman in The Crown + Colin Firth in Kingsman

We’re not quite out of lock-down yet, but studios are beginning to look towards production re-opening, and these UK projects are now visible on the horizon, whether in development or actively casting. Keep these leads on your radar and your eyes open for the opportunity to land an audition… 

Mothering Sunday
This feature, based on the acclaimed novel by Graham Swift, explores the impact of a single day in 1924, following lead character Jane, an orphan in service for a wealthy family. The project has already bagged Odessa Young, Colin Firth, Olivia Colman, and Josh O’Connor, and has a screenplay by Alice Birch (Lady Macbeth). French prodigy Eva Husson is attached to direct and casting is by Kharmel Cochrane. Production is due to start this autumn.

Close To Me
Connie Nielsen stars in this Channel 4 drama as Jo, a woman who wakes up after an accident with amnesia and is unable to remember the past year. While those around her are trying to help piece together the past, Jo’s husband would rather it remained forgotten. This six-episode series adaptation of Amanda Reynolds’ novel of the same name is directed by Michael Samuels (Man in An Orange Shirt) and cast by Sarah Crowe. Production begins in September. 

ITV’s feature-length adaptations of Peter James’ crime novels are gearing up for production after a lengthy delay because of the pandemic. Starring John Simm as DS Roy Grace, the Brighton-set stories see a lonely police officer try to solve a series of crimes while pining for his missing wife. Casting director Daniel Edwards is attached and filming begins in September.

Becoming Elizabeth
US channel Starz has commissioned new British drama Becoming Elizabeth, created by playwright Anya Reiss and featuring an all-female writing team. Following the young Elizabeth I, the eight-part series sees an orphaned teenager embroiled in the politics and intrigue of the English court on her way to securing the crown. Produced by London outfit The Forge, best known for Channel 4 series Kiri and Ackley Bridge, and BBC thrillers Collateral and Dark Money, it becomes the next royal drama commissioned by Starz after adaptations of Philippa Gregory’s The Spanish Princess, The White Princess and The White Queen. After delays, shooting for the eight-parter begins in December 2020 and casting is by Julie Harkin.

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