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Filming begins on The Trials of Jimmy Rose from ITV Studios

Published: Fri 07 Nov 2014

Filming begins on The Trials of Jimmy Rose from ITV Studios
Filming has begun in the Manchester area on new ITV drama The Trials of Jimmy Rose to be produced by ITV Studios and GroupM Entertainment. 
Renowned film and television actor Ray Winstone will play Jimmy Rose and will be joined by one of the UK’s most respected leading actresses Amanda Redman who will play his wife Jackie.
Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) and Charlotte Randle (Silent Witness) will also join the cast as Joe and Julie, Jimmy and Jackie’s children. With Montanna Thompson (The Story of Tracy Beaker) playing Ellie their granddaughter. John Lynch (The Fall) has also been cast in the role of Steve McIntyre.
The Trials of Jimmy Rose tells the story of the notorious armed robber,  Jimmy Rose, who throughout his lifetime has made crime pay.  A beautiful detached home on a small executive estate are the profits of his life of crime.  But what Jimmy has gained in luxury goods, has undoubtedly come at an enormous cost to his family.  And it’s a cost Jimmy hasn’t really bargained for.
Over the years he’s spent more time in prison than with the love of his life, Jackie, their two adult children, Joe and Julie and grandchildren Elliot, Ellie and India.  Consequently, happy distant memories of Jimmy have been shattered by years of abandonment.  Especially for Jackie, who no longer knows if she loves him, and for Joe, who has finally cut his Dad completely from his life, and wants nothing more to do with him.
During his latest stretch in prison Jimmy’s family have moved on with their lives. His years of taking them for granted have taken their toll and unexpectedly Jimmy won’t be on the receiving end of a universally warm welcome when released from prison this time.  Crucially, 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 criminal?
The Trials of Jimmy Rose is a 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), and will be directed by Adrian Shergold (Lucan, Mad Dogs, Dirty Filthy Love). Jane Dauncey (Law & Order: UK, Stella, Casualty) will produce the drama. Whilst Alan Whiting will write episodes one and two, Dom Shaw (Roman Mysteries, The Art of the Critic) writes episode three.
Commented Ray Winstone: “Alan Whiting has created and written a gift of a role. I’m excited to be playing him and to be working with the great Amanda Redman.  She’s such a fine actress, and together with Adrian Shergold and the production team, I’m sure we’ll be able to bring Jimmy and Jackie to life.”
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.
Kieran Roberts said: “The Trials of Jimmy Rose is a warm, funny and compelling drama about a man with a criminal past who has to prove to his wife and his family that it’s never too late to start over. I am thrilled that Ray Winstone and Amanda Redman – two of Britain’s finest actors – will be playing Jimmy and Jackie. “
Further casting includes Marion Bailey and Paul Jesson (both currently starring in Mr Turner), who will play Jackie’s sister, Sue Anderson and Jimmy’s right hand man and life long friend Roy who is married to Sue.
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 and to have Ray and Amanda in the roles of Jimmy and Jackie,” 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.