Ensemble cast lines up for ITV family drama ‘Flesh and Blood’

ITV has lined up an ensemble cast including Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis, Russell Tovey and Stephen Rea for new family drama Flesh and Blood.

The four part series, which is now shooting, is produced by Silverprint Pictures (Vera, Mr Selfridge, Dark Heart).

It is written by Sarah Williams (The Long Song, Case Sensitive, Poppy Shakespeare) and directed by Louise Hooper (Cheat, Vera, Cold Feet).

Billed as darkly witty, the series explores family dynamics and modern relationships as they spiral towards a tragedy and possible crime.

Flesh and Blood is the story of three adult siblings – Helen (Claudie Blakley), Jake (Russell Tovey) and Natalie (Lydia Leonard) – who are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother Vivien (Francesca Annis) declares she’s in love with a new man, Mark (Stephen Rea).

As she nears her 70th birthday, the siblings’ suspicions are heightened when retired GP Mark sweeps their mother off her feet, shifting her priorities away from her children.

Imelda Staunton plays Mary, who has lived next door to Vivien for 40 years. Despite not being family, Mary appears unhealthily attached to Vivien and her family’s unfolding drama.

Filmed on location in London and along the Sussex coast, Flesh and Blood is produced by Letitia Knight (Dark Heart, Vera). Silverprint Pictures’ creative director Kate Bartlett (Dark Heart, Shetland, Vera) executive produces the series with Sarah Williams.

Silverprint Pictures is part of ITV Studios.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment is distributing Flesh and Blood internationally.

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