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ITV commissions new six part World War II drama series Jambusters

Published: Tue 01 Jul 2014

ITV commissions new six part World War II drama series Jambusters (working title) from producers ITV Studios.
With the shadow of World War II casting a dark cloud, Jambusters (working title) follows a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community.  The isolated village couldn’t feel further away from the impending bloodshed and battlefields and yet it is not immune from the effects of war.   As the conflict takes hold, and separates the women from husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the characters find themselves under increasing and extraordinary pressures in a rapidly fragmenting world.
By banding together, the women will help maintain the nation’s fabric in its darkest hour, and they will discover inner resources that will forever change their lives.
Created and written by Simon Block (Lewis, The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, Casualty 1909, Attachments) with episodes written by Mark Burt (Coronation Street, The Dumping Ground), and Tina Pepler (Downton Abbey, Princes in the Tower), Jambusters will be produced by the ITV Studios department overseen by Francis Hopkinson (Wallander, Lucan, Chasing Shadows).  Developed by Catherine Oldfield (Collision, Fingersmith, Foyle’s War) who executive produces alongside Francis.  The producer is Sue de Beauvoir (Shetland, Strike Back, Merlin).
Inspired by the book ‘Jambusters’ by Julie Summers, the drama begins shooting in September with filming continuing until December.
Jambusters has been commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.
“We’re really delighted to have commissioned Jambusters,” said Steve November. “Great writing from Simon has given Julie Summers' wonderful book a fictional life.  The women are real and engaging and have fantastic spirit and attitude.  With World War II on the horizon, multiple strands of plot interweave to create a period drama full of jeopardy and intrigue, but also great humanity and modernity,” added Steve.  
Executive Producer Francis Hopkinson commented: "Thanks to Simon Block's brilliant script, inspired by Julie Summers's book, this series will take a fresh look at life on the Home Front, showing both the tragedies and the triumphs, and offering some wonderful roles for Britain's top actresses. We are delighted that ITV share our enthusiasm for the project."
Jambusters will be directed by Bruce Goodison (Our War, My Murder, 10 Days to War) with filming taking place in Cheshire.
News of casting will be available before filming commences.