Moving On

John Simm (Doctor Who, Life On Mars), Corin Redgrave (Turn Of The Screw, Four Weddings And A Funeral), Anna Massey (Hotel du Lac, Tess Of The D’Urbervilles), Robert Glenister (Hustle, Spooks), Gerard Kearns (Shameless, Mark Of Cain), Roy Marsden (The Green Green Grass, Adam Dalgleish in PD James adaptations) and Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Snatch) are to star in the new series of BBC One Daytime’s critically-acclaimed drama, Moving On, with Dominic West (The Wire, Mona Lisa Smile) directing one of the episodes.

Five of the episodes have now been cast and filmed. The series comprises 10 stand-alone episodes, all linked by the common theme of how to move on in life.

The cast also includes Hannah Gordon, Maggie Steed, Daniel Ryan, Susannah Harker, Pooky Quesnel, Jonty Stephens, Jenny Agutter, Nicola Stephenson, Lisa Faulkner, Jo Hartley, Tachia Newall, Kieran O’Brien and Susan Lynch.

Liam Keelan, Controller of Daytime, and Executive Producer for the BBC, says the calibre of actors attracted to Moving On is brilliant news for BBC Daytime drama: “It’s very exciting to be able to announce the high profile cast that are going to be appearing in the next series of Moving On and will be something for our viewers to look forward to.”

He adds: “This cast reinforces the fact that Daytime drama on the BBC has a strong reputation and can attract well-known faces to be part of the programmes that we make.”

The series is written by a combination of new and established writers, and filmed on location in and around Liverpool by Liverpool production company LA Productions.

The series was created by Emmy winner and multi BAFTA award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern and produced by Colin McKeown at LA Productions.

Colin McKeown says the quality of the first series has helped to attract the cast for the second: “The first series showed that we had the producers, directors and both new and established writers to make some amazing drama for BBC Daytime.

“We are using the same winning combination again to make 10 new episodes, and securing these big name actors to be part of Moving On shows how brilliantly written the scripts for this second series are.”

He adds: “This new series will continue to explore the thorny contemporary issues of Alzheimer’s, drug co-dependency, adoption, religion and special needs within the community, along with additional family issues such as sibling rivalry, loyalty and friendship.”

The cast for the remaining five episodes will be announced shortly, and the new series of Moving On is due to air later in 2010.

Joanne Froggatt is well known for various roles on television including Spooks: Code 9 and Life On Mars and can be currently seen playing Kate in the new BBC One series of Robin Hood.

In Butterfly Effect by Esther Wilson, Joanne plays Kellie – a social worker who gets involved in a gun incident with Sylvie (Lesley Sharp).

Speaking about her role, Joanne says: “I play a social worker who works at the same place as Sylvie – a working home for teenagers and young people. There’s an incident with Sylvie which Kellie partly witnesses, and she is then forced to cover her own back.”

Like co-star Lesley Sharp, Joanne was delighted with the script:

“I absolutely loved it and immediately thought it was a brilliant script. I think it’s written in a really realistic way. There’s nothing you feel like you should be saying that’s not there. It’s very cleverly done.”

Joanne is a fan of new writing: “I think things like this are really fantastic – the writing was beautiful,” she says. “I wish there were more things like this and more opportunities for new writers to get their things shown on screen as it’s nice to do something a little bit different and try something new.”

Butterfly Effect by Esther Wilson is episode five of Moving On, a new series of five unique contemporary dramas starring Shelia Hancock, Ian Hart, Richard Armitage and Lesley Sharp and executive produced by Jimmy McGovern (The Street) for BBC One Daytime.

Lesley Sharp is well known for her roles in Afterlife, Clocking Off, Bob And Rose and, more recently, as Mrs Van Damm in the BBC One drama The Diary Of Anne Frank.

In Butterfly Effect by Esther Wilson, Lesley plays the central role of Sylvie Jackson, a woman whose world is turned upside down when she gets caught up in situation involving a gun.

Speaking about the part, Lesley says: “Sylvie is a very happy single parent with a son who is at university, then one day she goes to work and is involved in an incident which completely changes her life.”

For Lesley it was the quality of the script that attracted her to the part: “Esther Wilson, the writer, is a protege of Jimmy McGovern and when I got the script I was just blown away by it because Esther’s writing is really immediate, really jumps off the page.

“She really painted a very vivid picture of what was going on with this woman and made it a very compelling part to read.

“I’ve only read the script that I’m involved with, but given that I’m keeping company with the likes of Sheila Hancock and Ian Hart and Dervla Kerwin, I would imagine that they were attracted to the series in the same way as I was – the fact that they’re getting the chance to work on some really, really top notch writing. That’s one of the things you’re always on the look out for.”

Lesley was also complimentary about the drama’s host city: “I have enjoyed spending time in Liverpool and everyone on the crew has been enormously friendly.

“Everyone’s had to be at the top of their game and all the members of the public who’ve lent us their homes for locations and out in the streets have been really friendly and helped us and been great.”

Butterfly Effect by Esther Wilson is episode five of Moving On, a new series of five unique contemporary dramas starring Shelia Hancock, Ian Hart, Richard Armitage, Mark Womack and Lesley Sharp and executive produced by Jimmy McGovern (The Street) for BBC One Daytime.

Jack McMullen is best known for his roles in Grange Hill, Brookside and The Street. He has also made appearances in Doctors and The Bill.

In Dress To Impress by Arthur Ellison, Jack plays Daniel, a normal happy-go-lucky teenager with a secret – he loves dressing up in women’s clothes.

“He’s not a transvestite, he’s a cross-dresser,” says Liverpool-born Jack. “He likes the feel of women’s clothes and how women dress, their make-up and how they look.”

Arthur Ellison, writer of Dress To Impress, has written for Jack in the past and he was his first choice to play the part of Daniel.

“Because Arthur’s written for me before, I think he thought I’d play the role how he wanted,” says Jack. “I wouldn’t be an actor coming along with his own adaptation.”

Moving On has attracted a high-profile cast for BBC One Daytime. Jack explains what it was like to bea young actor working with more experienced actors such as Ian Hart and Dervla Kerwin:

“It’s quite intimidating. You understand on set how fantastic they really are, for example just how quickly they change their whole personality when they’re acting. You have to try and not be in awe of them while you’re acting because otherwise you’ll shy away on set and not perform to your best.

“It’s a great experience for me. It’s wonderful to feed off that. It helps you grow and get better.”

Dress To Impress by Arthur Ellison is episode four of Moving On, a new series of five unique contemporary dramas starring Shelia Hancock, Ian Hart, Richard Armitage, Mark Womack and Lesley Sharp and executive produced by Jimmy McGovern (The Street) for BBC One Daytime.

Liverpool-born Ian Hart is well known for his big screen roles including Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone, Backbeat and Enemy Of The State.

In Dress To Impress by Arthur Ellison, Ian plays Jake – an alpha male who like his booze, his football and has a good relationship with his wife and his only son Daniel.

“He’s an everyman. There is nothing about him that is particular, specific or unique. An average Joe, on an average income who likes a bevvy down the pub with his mates and the footie on Saturday. And then his child, his only son, throws a bombshell in.

“Suddenly his son’s a cross-dresser and he doesn’t know how to respond to that. He wasn’t expecting that at all and you know it’s not that he is not old-fashioned, he just has a traditional view of the world. He doesn’t have the background, the education or the liberality to deal with it. He doesn’t know what to do, how do you react to your son being a cross-dresser?

“For him, he’s wrapped up in everyone else’s preconceptions about sexuality. It’s a complex series of questions you need to ask yourself. Far too complex for your average man on the street.”

For Ian there was one obvious reason why he took part in the series and that is the episode director Gordon Hill: “Illy! The director Gordon Hill! I’ve know him since I was 17 – he said do you want to come and do this? That’s it – very simple.”

It was also a chance for Ian to return to his roots. “It was great to be back home,” he says.

Dress To Impress by Arthur Ellison is episode four of Moving On, a new series of five unique contemporary dramas starring Shelia Hancock, Ian Hart, Richard Armitage, Mark Womack and Lesley Sharp and executive produced by Jimmy McGovern (The Street) for BBC One Daytime.

In Drowning Not Waving by Sarah Deane, Richard Armitage plays John Mulligan, a man who seems like the perfect solution to his old school flame Ellie’s financial trouble. But can he really be trusted?

Speaking about the role, Richard says: “John Mulligan is an enigma. Not particularly bright at school and from a fairly deprived background. A childhood lived with ‘holes in his kecks’ and on an estate where the kids rubbed shoulders with the druggies gave John a place to flee from and make something of himself.

“When he arrives on Ellie’s door-step, disarmingly charming, suited and booted, and armed with a swift, irresistible solution to Ellie’s financial troubles, he is almost too good to be true.

“John has fond memories of a childhood love affair with Ellie, a vivid, accurate memory. He woos Ellie once more, that school fling rekindled into a potentially rosy future.

“But there is something too perfect about this new John. He is apparently flawless and his social elevation appears to have cost him little effort, but John has perfected his skills and leaves nothing to chance. He is a brilliant, effortless and confident.”

For Richard, Moving On was a complete change from appearing in a fast-paced series such as Spooks. “I enjoyed the simplicity of the storytelling, in that, this was mainly a four-hander which relied on the characterisation and the unfolding events to create a gripping story. This could be happening on street near you, at this very moment in time.

” It felt real, colloquial, domestic yet dangerous as it tumbled towards its climax. It wasn’t overly dramatic in its events, the clash of the characters is where the drama was located. I found that challenging and new.

“Sarah Deane’s script for Drowning Not Waving changed very little from the early draft which I was given to read. Her structure was great and her characters were well rounded yet contained ‘room for movement’ within which to carve for oneself.

“Sarah was keen to collaborate and shift in order to allow these characters to live believably. This felt like a re-invention of the afternoon play – which relied heavily on script rather than on action, special effects and plot-driven story-telling, which often expend characters in the need to make that plot work.

“Sarah’s writing was the antithesis of this. It was all about her characters.”

Drowning Not Waving by Sarah Deane is episode three of Moving On, a new series of five unique contemporary dramas starring Shelia Hancock, Ian Hart, Richard Armitage and Lesley Sharp and executive produced by Jimmy McGovern (The Street) for BBC One Daytime.

When Sylvie Jackson is asked to cover for a colleague at work, she makes a decision that ends in a terrifying situation. The incident kicks off a train of events that lead her into unfamiliar territory. With her back against the wall and all sides seeming to close in, it’s up to Sylvie to find the courage to take control and get her life back on track.

Lesley Sharp

Sylvie lives for her job at the homeless centre and is always the first in and the last to leave at night. When a strange man arrives at the reception she refuses to let him in, and he becomes aggressive and abusive. Liz freezes and her colleague Kellie steps in and takes over. She is left terrified and badly shaken and when everyone begins to doubt her side of the story, she starts doubting herself.

Lesley has recently appeared as Mrs Van Damm in BBC One’s acclaimed The Diary Of Anne Frank, and is well-known from BBC series such as Clocking Off and Carrie’s War. She has most recently been seen in an episode of Doctor Who and has appeared in ITV’s Afterlife and The Survivors.

Joanne Froggatt

Receptionist Kellie Turner is heavily pregnant, but when she sees that Sylvie is in a terrifying situation she helps without giving it a second thought. As accusations are made and things spiral out of control Kellie soon realises that she’s put both herself and her baby at risk.

Joanne can currently be seen starring as Kate in series three of BBC One’s Robin Hood, and featured in BBC Three’s Spooks: Code 9 and BBC One’s Life On Mars. She has also starred in BBC One’s The Street and Granada Television’s Murder In The Outback.

The touch paper is lit when a 17 year old boy’s secret love of dressing in women’s clothes is discovered and a turn of events ignites a ticking time bomb that threatens to destroy his parent’s marriage and his family forever.

Ian Hart

It’s Jake’s birthday. When he discovers that his wife has bought a sexy outfit he thinks she’s planning a night of passion. His suspicions are aroused when she denies having bought any clothes and starts acting strangely. Jake becomes convinced she’s having an affair, and he decides it’s time to do something about it.

Ian has appeared in numerous feature films including Harry Potter, Breakfast On Pluto, Backbeat, Enemy Of The State and The Butcher Boy.

Dervla Kerwin

Becky is tired of people criticising her marriage. Her friends just can’t understand why she’s with Jake, and they can’t seem to accept that they love each other. But after yet another pointless row she’s beginning to see what everyone else sees – maybe it is time that she begins to live for herself…

Dervla has made an array of stage and TV appearances, and most recently starred in Law And Order UK, and the BBC’s Christmas episode of Doctor Who. Other television appearances include BBC’s True Dare Kiss, Hearts And Bones and Ballykissangel.

Faced with ever-spiralling debts, Ellie Morgan’s only hope of avoiding bankruptcy is to sell the home she loves. But no-one’s buying – except John Mulligan, an old flame from school. A bad boy done well, he’s Ellie’s knight in shining armour. He offers the perfect solution, or so Ellie thinks, until her best friend Maria suggests that not everything about John Mulligan is as great as it seems…

Christine Tremarco

Ellie has got herself into serious debt; she has credit cards, loans, store cards and even owes her mother money. When she puts her home up for sale she is so relieved when John makes her an offer, but she soon realises that if she goes through with the deal she would be selling her morals as well.

Christine is well known for her roles in Waterloo Road and Clocking Off as well as New Tricks and the BBC mini-series Five Days. Her film career includes Priest and Anita And Me.

Richard Armitage

John Mulligan was always written off at school as the boy who wouldn’t amount to anything. But John has really shown them all with his portfolio of houses, his flash car and designer clothes – but has the bad boy really turned his life around?

Richard is currently on screen in his role as Sir Guy of Gisborne in the popular BBC One drama Robin Hood and is also filming the new series of Spooks. Other TV roles include BBC’s The Vicar Of Dibley, North And South and Marie Lloyd.

A father attempts to toughen up his son but in doing so finds he unleashes a chain of events that look impossible to stop. Can he ever go back or have his actions caused him to lose the very person he loves the most? Family life may never be the same…

Lee Boardman

Ken is a husband and father who wants the best for his family. He works hard at the local factory and does well at his job. Ken is disappointed that his son Andrew isn’t more like him and encourages him to be tougher, but he doesn’t realise that his actions may very well destroy his family.

Lee Boardman has had a varied career in television, appearing in BBC One’s Dalziel And Pascoe, the BBC/HBO epic Rome, BBC Three’s Drop Dead Gorgeous, and most recently in Krod Mandon and Blue Murder.

Mark Womack

Les is Ken’s work colleague. Ken and Les are good friends but their relationship becomes strained after they take a family holiday together. When Les sees Andrew badly hurt his son Ryan he becomes angry and threatens him, but when Andrew suddenly goes missing everyone begins to suspect that Les is involved.

Mark Womack has had a variety of stage and TV roles including Sorted, Liverpool 1, Clocking Off, Strictly Confidential, Murphy’s Law, Buried and New Street Law.

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