‘Run’ Director Charles Martin To Helm Channel 4’s ‘The Devil’s Whore’ Follow-Up ‘New World’

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EXCLUSIVE: Channel 4 and Company Pictures have found the director for their upcoming four part drama New World, a follow up to the 2008 drama The Devil’s Whore. I’ve learned that Charles Martin has signed on to helm the four-part period piece. Martin’s previous credits include Skins, Wallander and Channel 4’s Run.

A follow-up to the 2008 drama The Devil’s Whore, New World was penned by Peter Flannery & Martine Brant and is described as a gripping story of love and loss and the human price paid for the freedoms we enjoy today which spans two continents and the period up to the Glorious Revolution. The drama follows Angelica, now Countess of Abingdon, in the 1680s. The restored Monarchy of Charles II has betrayed its promise of tolerance and reverted to tyranny with the likes of Torture, show trials, summary executions. Behind the opulent decadence of the court, a ruthless terror machine is repressing the liberties won with so much Civil War blood. Across the Atlantic, the tentacles of State terror have reached the New England colonists who are struggling to throw off the shackles of the English Crown. With the spectre of past horrors returning, Angelica strives to protect her innocent daughter Beth from the perilous world outside the haven of Fanshawe House and England’s impending descent into chaos. Seeking a new life in an untamed land, Beth finds herself torn between love and the ideals for which her mother stood and her father died. New World is being produced by Company Pictures with Johann Knobel serving as the producer. The executive producers are George Faber and Charlie Pattinson.

New World was one of three new dramas that were commissioned by Channel 4 in September 2012. One of those three, Dates, quickly entered production and is currently airing on the channel, while progress on the other two (New World and Home Before Dark) has been slower. Despite Channel 4’s head of drama Piers Wenger’s previously stated hopes to have New World on air by the end of 2013, it now appears that it wont premiere until at least Spring 2014. I hear that casting on the drama is now winding down, with production slated to start in the coming months.