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ITV Commissions new three part drama The Trials Of Jimmy Rose

Published: Wed 13 Aug 2014

“You’re no good to your family back in prison or laid out on the slab. You want to prove yourself to them, there are other ways.“
 
Jimmy Rose has made crime pay over the years. 
 
A beautiful detached home with integral garage on a small executive estate are the decadent trappings of his life of crime.  But what Jimmy has gained in luxury goods has undoubtedly come at an enormous cost to his family.
 
At 64 he’s spent more time in prison than with the love of his life Jackie, their two adult children, Jason and Julie and grandchildren Elliot, Ellie and India.
 
Distant hazy memories of Jimmy have been shattered by years of abandonment.  Especially for Jackie, who no longer knows if she loves him, and for Jason, who has finally cut his Dad completely from his life, and wants nothing more to do with him. 
 
Jimmy’s family have moved on with their lives. Can Jimmy put his criminal life behind him and regain their respect and love by being a grandfather, a father and a husband, not a gangster? 
 
The Trials of Jimmy Rose is a new three-part drama (3 x 60’) written and created by Alan Whiting (Strike Back, Kingdom – creator and writer, Wire in the Blood, Half Broken Things), directed by Adrian Shergold (Lucan, Mad Dogs, Dirty Filthy Love) and produced by Jane Dauncey (Law & Order: UK, Stella, Casualty). ITV Studios Creative Director of Drama in Manchester Kieran Roberts (Coronation Street, Mobile, The Road to Coronation Street, Blue Murder,) will executive produce with Melanie Darlaston on behalf of GroupM Entertainment. 
 
The drama will go into production mid October in the Manchester area.
 
Kieran Roberts said, “The Trials of Jimmy Rose is a warm, funny and compelling drama about a family man with a criminal past who has to prove it’s never too late to start over. We can’t wait to start shooting in Manchester this autumn and are very excited about bringing Alan Whiting’s wonderful story and characters to the screen for ITV. “ 
 
The Trials of Jimmy Rose has been commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.
 
“We’re delighted to have commissioned The Trials of Jimmy Rose,” said Steve. “Alan Whiting has created an instantly memorable character, a man with too much to regret and not enough time to make amends. He's been a successful criminal but can he now become a successful husband and father?” added Steve.
 
News of casting will be available closer to the commencement of production.