Steven Mackintosh (Inside Men), Daniel Rigby (Big School), Bernard Hill (Lord Of The Rings), Saskia Reeves (Luther), Liz White (Life On Mars) and Morven Christie (Hunted) have joined the cast of BBC One’s upcoming three-part drama From There To Here, which (as TVWise previously reported) is being led by Mad Dogs star Philip Glenister.
Glenister has been cast as Daniel Cotton, Mackintosh as Robbo, his rough diamond/street wise brother; Rigby as Charlie, Daniel’s son; Hill as Samuel, Daniel’s father who runs a run a sweet factory with his son; Reeves as Clare, Daniel’s wife; and White as Joanne, a hotel cleaner who gets caught up in the blast alongside the Cotton family. Production on the drama is slated to commence this month, with BBC One eyeing a 2014 premiere.
Created by Peter Bowker, From There To Here is set in the aftermath of the 1996 Arndale bombing and follows a Manchester family man who is torn between the life he wants and the life he could have. This is a funny, characterful and moving drama about a man whose life is rocked to the core – a family saga which begins in Manchester in the summer of 1996, on the day when an IRA bomb exploded in the city centre. Against the feel-good backdrop of Euro 96, it maps the emotional shockwaves generated by that bomb in the lives of two parallel families from different sides of the tracks. Kudos Film & TV is producing with Derek Wax and Stephen Wright serving as executive producers. Broadchurch helmer James Strong is attached to direct.
“I wanted to write a love letter to Manchester – warts ‘n all – and to do it through a family saga that captured something of the city’s pace, life and humour”, said series creator Peter Bowker. “To attract a cast of this quality and a director of the calibre of James Strong is incredibly exciting and just about compensates for the presence of a City fan as executive producer in the form of fellow Mancunian, Derek Wax.”
While Executive Producer Derek Wax added: “I am so excited to be embarking on a new Manchester epic with Pete, so different in every way from our previous Manchester-based collaborations, Occupation and Flesh And Blood. In From There To Here, Pete brings to life a family, city and era with complexity, originality, scale and humour. And I am delighted that the project has attracted such a brilliant cast, as well as the wonderful director James Strong (Broadchurch).”