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Imelda Staunton, Russell Tovey to Star in New ITV Family Drama


The new four-part drama Flesh and Blood, from Silverprint Pictures (Vera, Mr Selfridge, Shetland) for ITV, has lined up among its cast Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis and Russell Tovey.

Staunton (Maleficent, Paddington, Harry Potter, Vera Drake), Annis (Home Fires, The Little House, Cranford) and Tovey (Years and Years, Quantico) will be joined by Stephen Rea (Dickensian, War & Peace, The Honourable Woman) in the drama, which explores family dynamics and modern relationships as they spiral toward a tragedy and possible crime. The series is created and written by Sarah Williams (The Long Song, Case Sensitive, Poppy Shakespeare).

Directed by BAFTA nominee and Grierson Award winner Louise Hooper (Cheat, Vera, Cold Feet), Flesh and Blood is a modern story of three adult siblings—Helen (Claudie Blakley; Manhunt, Grantchester), Jake (Tovey) and Natalie (Lydia Leonard; Gentleman Jack, Absentia, Apple Tree Yard)—who are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother Vivien (Annis) declares she’s in love with a new man, Mark (Rea).

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