‘Martyn Pig’, ‘Happy Valley’ 3 + More UK Projects Greenlit

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Photo Source: Sarah Lancashire in ‘Happy Valley’ / BBC

The following UK projects are now visible on the horizon, whether they’re in development or actively casting. Keep these leads on your radar and your eyes open for the opportunity to land an audition.

Martyn Pig
The long-awaited film adaptation of acclaimed young adult novel Martyn Pig is now in preproduction. Written by Kevin Brooks, the story follows a teenager who loves crime thrillers and becomes embroiled in a conspiracy to hide the body of his father. There’s no production timeline as yet, but director Keith McCarthy is on board, as is casting director Kharmel Cochrane

Happy Valley 3
Gentleman Jack creator Sally Wainwright will return to her acclaimed drama series Happy Valley for a third and final instalment, filming early next year. Star Sarah Lancashire returns as Sgt Catherine Cawood in the Yorkshire-set police drama, shooting in and around West Yorkshire from late January 2022. It’s likely that casting director Beverley Keogh will be attached. 

Whitstable Pearl 2
Acorn TV’s crime drama Whitstable Pearl is returning for a second series, following Kerry Godliman as a private detective who rises to the challenge of tackling murders. Shooting is confirmed for late February 2022, and casting director Rob Kelly is attached. 

Strike: Troubled Blood
Update: Crime miniseries Strike has confirmed 11 weeks of shooting beginning in mid-January 2022, with Tom Burke returning as a curmudgeonly but brilliant private detective, assisted by Holliday Grainger as Robin. It’s also likely that Gary Davy will return to cast. 

Bloodlands 2
Update: BBC police drama Bloodlands has confirmed shoot dates. Beginning on January 31, the tale of rogue officer DCI Tom Brannick will begin filming in and around Belfast for 15 weeks with star James Naughton. Triple Emmy Award–winning casting director Carla Stronge is attached.

Check out Backstage’s UK audition listings!