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ITV Studios label, Silverprint Pictures, produces four part drama, Flesh and Blood, written by Sarah Williams

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ITV Studios label, Silverprint Pictures, produces four part drama, Flesh and Blood, written by Sarah Williams

 

ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, today announced the commission of family drama, Flesh and Blood, written by Sarah Williams and produced by Silverprint Pictures.

 

Flesh and Blood is the modern story of three adult siblings  - Helen, Jake and Natalie - who are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother Vivien declares she's in love with a new man. 

 

As she nears her 70th birthday, the siblings’ suspicions are heightened when retired GP Mark sweeps their mother off her feet, shifting her priorities away from her children. The happiness of her 45-year marriage to their father, Terry, is called into question, which sends a seismic shock through the lives of the siblings. Years of secrets, lies, rivalries and betrayals come to the surface and threaten to blow apart everything they’ve held dear.

 

With their large family home overlooking the Kent coast, their inheritance and the happy memories of their childhood all suddenly threatened by the arrival of Mark, the siblings attempt to find out more about him.  But will their long-buried grudges and complicated personal lives allow them to pull together?

 

Commented Polly Hill:

 

“Sarah Williams perfectly captures the messy personal lives of the three siblings, and all is not what it seems. There’s so much more going on behind closed doors as we explore themes of relationships, trust, loyalty and love. Sarah cleverly weaves together this truthful family drama, through a compelling investigation that doesn’t reveal the victim until the very end.   It’s a very original story, and we are delighted to have it on ITV.”

 

Sarah Williams (The Long Song, Case Sensitive, Poppy Shakespeare) executive produces Flesh and Blood alongside Silverprint Pictures, Creative Director, Kate Bartlett (Dark Heart, Shetland, Vera).  Letitia Knight (Dark Heart, Vera) will produce the show.

 

Commented Kate Bartlett:

 

"Flesh and Blood is an original contemporary drama exploring family and romantic relationships in a way which is both darkly sharp and witty as well as deeply touching. Sarah Williams has written compelling and atmospheric scripts, which we are thrilled to be bringing to the screen for ITV."

 

Commented Sarah Williams:  

 

“Coming from a big family myself, I’ve always been fascinated by sibling dynamics.  Our brothers and sisters can be our closest allies or our sworn enemies – often in the space of a heartbeat.  There’s a bond between siblings that was formed before we were fully conscious beings – something bone-deep and instinctual.  No one can make us laugh as hard or wound us as deeply as our family - and that seemed to me incredibly rich territory for a drama.”

 

The series will begin filming in June in London and on the Sussex coast.

 

ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute Flesh and Blood internationally.

 

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About Silverprint Pictures:

Silverprint Pictures is the label behind multi-award winning international hit dramas Vera, Mr Selfridge, Shetland and most recently new crime thriller, Dark Heart, starring Tom Riley and written by Chris Lang. Producing high quality scripted content for the UK and international markets, Silverprint Pictures creates distinctive and ambitious dramas for all channels. The New Year will also see the return of Shetland for its fifth series on BBC One and Douglas Henshall to the role of Jimmy Perez.