EXCLUSIVE: Channel 4’s long-gestating mini-series The Mill has found its cast. I’ve learned that Matthew McNulty (The Paradise), Ciaran Griffiths (The Bill), Kerrie Hayes (Good Cop), newcomer Conner Chapman and Kevin McNally (Pirates of The Caribbean) have all been cast as regulars in the mini-series, which just recently entered production. I hear that other actors appearing in The Mill include Flo Wilson (Hebburn), Jamie Draven (The Body Farm), Sacha Parkinson (Coronation Street), Holly Lucas (Doctors) and Craig Parkinson (Great Night Out).
The Mill, originally commissioned in November 2011, is a four part mini-series written by John Fay. The mini is based on the real life story of multitude of workers employed at the Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire. Set during time of immense social and industrial change, The Mill tells the story of the Quarry Bank Mill, which represented the shining light of modern thinking; the brain child of the financially driven but philanthropic Greg family. Located in the heart of the countryside it is very different to the mills of nearby overcrowded Manchester. Employing hundreds of people, Quarry Bank recruited children as young as nine as unpaid apprentices from orphanages and workhouses; migrants from as far afield as London, Ireland, Scotland and Norfolk flocked to Quarry Bank with its purpose-built village, school, church and surgery. The real drive for the Gregs was profit. Hours were long and hard in dangerous and unhealthy conditions and for many of this emerging working class, this was their first experience of rules and authority. Hard work was rewarded, with one young apprentice eventually becoming the manager of the Mill, but dissension was punished ruthlessly. Darlow Smithson Productions are producing with (as TVWise previously reported) James Hawes helming the mini. The executive producer is Dominic Barlow, with Caroline Levy serving as producer