Adapted from Emma Healey’s novel by Andrea Gibb (Swallows And Amazons), Elizabeth Is Missing will be directed by Aisling Walsh (Room At The Top) and produced by STV Productions.
Jackson will play the role of Maud in the one-off feature length drama, which combines mystery with an exploration of one woman’s struggle with dementia.
When her best friend Elizabeth goes missing, Maud is convinced that something terrible has happened, and sets out to solve the mystery. But with her dementia worsening, Maud struggles to discover the truth before she loses herself completely.
Jackson said: “Emma’s novel and Andrea’s screenplay paint the most striking portrait of a woman in the grip of a devastating condition. I am delighted to be making my return to television to play Maud, a character it’s impossible not to be charmed and moved by.”
The executive producers are Sarah Brown and Andrea Gibb for STV Productions and Gaynor Holmes for BBC One. It will be produced by Chrissy Skinns.
Filming on the 1×90-minute drama starts this summer in Scotland.
Elizabeth Is Missing is distributed internationally by Sky Vision.
Jackson retired from acting to stand for election to the House of Commons in the 1992 general election, subsequently becoming the Labour MP for Hampstead and Highgate. She returned to acting in 2015 after retiring from politics, and has appeared in numerous theatre productions since then – including as King Lear in a Broadway production this year.