Filming has commenced on riveting three-part thriller Black Work starring Sheridan Smith, Matthew McNulty, Douglas Henshall, Geraldine James and Phil Davis.
Black Work is written by Matt Charman (Our Zoo, Suite Francaise), produced by Mammoth Screen, makers of Endeavour for ITV and will be backed by Screen Yorkshire through the Yorkshire Content Fund.
Following her critically acclaimed roles in Cilla and Mrs Biggs, Sheridan plays police woman Jo Gillespie whose world is thrown into turmoil when husband Ryan (Kenny Doughty), an undercover policeman, is shot dead in mysterious circumstances. She resolutely sets out to discover who murdered him and has to confront difficult truths about her family life and her marriage to Ryan.
Police officer Jo is mother to 7-years-old Melly (played by Honor Kneafsey) and stepson Hal, a role taken by Oliver Woolford. Understandably Jo is emotionally distraught and heavily conflicted as she unravels the last six months of her husband’s life. She’s grieving and wracked with guilt following an attachment to Ryan’s colleague and fellow police officer DCI Jack Clark (Matthew McNulty), which puts further strain on her grieving family.
Writer Matt Charman shed light on his inspiration for the drama:
“Sheridan Smith is a dream to write for because as an actress there’s really nothing she can’t do. And Black Work is a story that pushes her to the limit – it makes her character, Jo Gillespie doubt herself, her family, her friends, everything she’s always taken for granted in her search for her husband's killer.”
Black Work has been commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama Commissioning Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.
The Black Work cast also includes: Kenny Doughty (Vera) Sharon Duce (Coronation Street), Andrew Knott (Spooks: Code 9), Ace Bhatti (Eastenders), Carla Henry (Homefront), Lisa Dillon (Cranford), Vinette Robinson (Sherlock), and Ben-Ryan Davies (Waterloo Road).
Michael Samuels (Bafta winning Any Human Heart and The Fear) directs; Tom Mullens (New Tricks) produces.
Rebecca Keane and Damien Timmer executive produce the drama for Mammoth Screen. Hugo Heppell is also an Executive Producer on behalf of Screen Yorkshire and the drama is produced in association with Lip Sync Productions. Peter Hampden of Lip Sync Productions is an Executive Producer.
Mammoth Screen's shows include Endeavour for ITV, Parade's End for BBC Two and Blandings and the forthcoming Poldark for BBC One.
Note to Editors: Screen Yorkshire
Screen Yorkshire offers production financing for content in the TV, film, video games and the digital sectors in Yorkshire and Humber, through the Yorkshire Content Fund, the biggest regional investment fund for production in the UK. Backed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the fund is open to content producers working in film, TV, games and digital based in Yorkshire or from outside but looking to establish a base in the region. It has attracted £15m from ERDF as part of Europe's support for the region's economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-13. Recent investments include: Dad’s Army, Hunter's Prayer, Girls' Night Out, Peaky Blinders, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Testament Of Youth, The Great Train Robbery, Get Santa, X + Y, Death Comes to Pemberley, Catch me Daddy, '71, Black Work and Bill.
Note to Editors: Matt Charman
After a tenancy as Writer in Residence at the National Theatre where three of his plays received world premieres, Matt Charman has quickly emerged as one of the UK’s most sought-after screenwriters.
His BBC One six-part series Our Zoo has recently aired and is to be followed by the worldwide release of Suite Francaise, which he wrote with director Saul Dibb, and which stars Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas.
Charman is currently adapting his play The Machine which premiered at the Manchester International Festival and transferred to the Armory in New York, as a motion picture for Disney.
Filming has also commenced in New York on his as yet untitled Cold War thriller for DreamWorks. Starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance, it will be directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg and is scheduled for release in October 2016.