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This City – Ordered to Collection by BBC


Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey, Anatomy of a Scandal), Nicholas Pinnock (Life, Marcella) and David Dawson (My Policeman, The Final Kingdom) will likely be among the many forged of This City, the key new drama from Peaky Blinders and SAS Rogue Heroes creator Steven Knight, it was introduced as we speak.

The epic six-part sequence is produced by Kudos (a Banijay UK firm) and Nebulastar for the BBC, co-produced with Mercury Studios, in affiliation with Kudos North, Stigma Movies and Nick Angel. Filming is now underway on location within the Birmingham space, and at Steven Knight’s new Digbeth Loc. Movie and TV Studios.

This City tells the story of an prolonged household and 4 younger people who find themselves drawn into the world of ska and two-tone music, which exploded from the grass roots of Coventry and Birmingham within the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, uniting black, white and Asian youths.

Led by an thrilling forged of rising expertise, the six-part sequence will star Levi Brown (Loss and Return), Jordan Bolger (The Girl King, The Ebook of Boba Fett), Ben Rose (Line of Responsibility, The Innocents) and Eve Austin (You, Our Girls) as its 4 younger leads. Geraldine James (Again To Life, Anne with an E), Peter McDonald (The Batman, Dublin Murders), Freya Parks (The Faculty of Good and Evil, Right here We Go), Shyvonne Ahmmad (Annika, Karen Pirie), John Heffernan (Dracula, The Pursuit of Love), Stefan Asante-Boateng (Coronation Avenue, Struggling), Séainín Brennan (The Fall, Hidden), George Somner (This Is Going To Damage, Intercourse Training) and Brendan Gibson (Peaky Blinders, Mr Selfridge) will even characteristic within the sequence.

Each a excessive octane thriller and a household saga, This City opens in 1981 at a second of big social tensions and unrest. In opposition to this backdrop, it tells the story of a gaggle of younger folks preventing to decide on their very own paths in life, and every in want of the second likelihood that music provides.

The sequence will likely be co-produced with Mercury Studios (a part of the Common Music Group) who will usher in an thrilling vary of excessive profile musical artists to assist lay the backdrop for Knight’s unimaginable story. Acclaimed producer Dan Carey, and Brit and Mercury nominated musician, novelist and poet Kae Tempest, have written the songs carried out by the band within the sequence.

Steven Knight, author, creator and govt producer, says: “This can be a undertaking very near my coronary heart. It’s about an period I lived by means of and know properly and it includes characters who I really feel I grew up with. It’s a love letter to Birmingham and Coventry however I hope folks from everywhere in the world will relate to it.”

Karen Wilson, exec producer and MD of Kudos, says: “We can’t await this unimaginable forged to assist deliver the world that Steven has created in This City to life. The mixture of highly effective storytelling, gripping drama and sensible music will make it a must-watch – audiences are in for an actual deal with!”

Jo McClellan, BBC Drama Commissioning Editor, says: “Steven’s scripts are completely sensible – they seize the wild vitality of youth and a pivotal second in time, all set to a implausible soundtrack, and we will’t wait to see this extremely gifted forged deliver all of it to life.”

Alice Webb, Mercury Studios CEO and Co-President, says: “Ska music has such a huge effect on music and tradition – within the 80’s and thru to modern-day – which is why the legendary Steven Knight, Kudos, BBC and Mercury Studios are the proper mixture to deliver this vivid world to life. Anticipate fierce new music in addition to severe homage to classics of the time. It’s going to be unstoppable.”

Marc Robinson, Co-President of Mercury Studios says: “It’s a privilege to be working intrinsically with Steven Knight and the Kudos workforce in bringing the musical narrative of This City to life. Music is on the coronary heart of the sequence, and we’re thrilled to have the ability to creatively interact artists and assist inform the story by means of new and authentic recordings.”

This City is created, written and govt produced by Steven Knight. It’s directed by Paul Whittington and produced by Charlotte Surtees. Govt Producers are Karen Wilson, Martin Haines and Katie McAleese for Kudos, and Jo McClellan for the BBC. Laura Conway (Kudos North), Matthew James Wilkinson (Stigma Movies) and Nick Angel function Co-Govt Producers. Banijay Rights will deal with worldwide distribution for the sequence

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