The Little House

Principal photography has begun on the drama adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s best selling novel, The Little House. The compelling thriller, which explores the psychological power struggles within one family, has been adapted for television by Ed Whitmore (IDENTITY, Waking The Dead, He Kills Coppers) and will be filmed over three weeks.

BAFTA winning actress Francesca Annis (Cranford, Jane Eyre, Reckless) has been cast to star in the drama alongside renowned film, stage and television actors Tim Pigott-Smith (Alice in Wonderland, ENRON, Foyle’s War) and Rupert Evans (Emma, The Palace, Hellboy) and rising star Lucy Griffiths (Collision, Robin Hood, U Be Dead).

The drama follows the story of Ruth (Griffiths), who is married to career minded Patrick (Evans) as she is pushed towards the limits of her own sanity when she becomes entangled in the lives of her wealthy but interfering in-laws Elizabeth (Annis) and Frederick (Pigott-Smith).

After falling unexpectedly pregnant, Ruth finds herself swept along on a tide of apparently well-intentioned family gestures which leave the previously independent teacher detached from her former city life and living in ‘the little house’ at the end of her in-laws’ driveway.

The caesarean birth is traumatic and Ruth struggles to bond with her demanding baby son. Her mother-in-law is quick to intervene and always on hand with expert support.  But there’s a fine line between help and losing control and within months Ruth realises she’s completely isolated, living in a house she never wanted with a baby she hadn’t planned to have. As she struggles with Postpartum psychosis and unresolved feelings about her mother’s suicide, an all consuming fear grips Ruth that her mother-in-law is unnaturally obsessed with her grandson.

Throughout the drama, Elizabeth’s complex relationship with Ruth is subtly developed as they both try and take control of their connected lives until, inevitably, and very dramatically, they reach a point of no return.

Is Elizabeth playing mind games with Ruth?  Could she really be manipulating events against her daughter in-law? Or is Ruth hysterically distorting things in her own mind?

Executive Producer and Producer for TXTV, Jeremy Gwilt said: “We’ve an exceptional cast on board for The Little House and we’re delighted ITV has commissioned us to produce such a powerful and gripping drama.”

The two 60 minute episodes of The Little House will be produced by TXTV for ITV1. The Executive Producers are, Matt Arlidge, Jeremy Gwilt and Chris Lang, the Director is Jamie Payne (Survivors, Ashes to Ashes, Primeval) and Jeremy Gwilt is  the Producer.

The Little House has been commissioned by Laura Mackie, Director of Drama ITV and Sally Haynes, Controller of Drama ITV.

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  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
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  • E4
  • Film4
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  • Five
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  • Sky1