Hermione Norris (Spooks), Tara Fitzgerald (The Body Farm), Jill Halfpenny (Babylon), Katherine Parkinson (The Honourable Woman), Will Mellor (Broadchurch), Jonathan Kerrigan (Diana), Christine Bottomley (DCI Banks), Luke Thompson, Taj Atwal (Stella), Sacha Dhawan (The Tractate Middoth) and newcomer Hannah Midgley have all been cast in BBC One’s upcoming drama series In The Club.
Norris has been cast as Roanna, a business woman who has two grown-up children and now finds herself pregnant again; Fitzgerald as Susie and Parkinson as Kim, a same sex couple who are expecting their second child from the same biological father; Halfpenny as Diane, who is expecting a ‘miracle’ child after having been told she would never conceive; Mellor as Rick, Diane’s husband; Kerrigan as Will, Susie’s ex and the biological father of her two children; Bottomley as Vicky, the midwife leading the Parent Craft class; Thompson as Simon, Roanna’s young artist lover; Atwal as Yasmin and Dhawan as Dev, who are expecting their first child following their arranged marriage; with newcomer Midgley playing Rosie, a pregnant schoolgirl who has been hiding her pregnancy everyone.
Created by Kay Mellor, In The Club follows six very different couples, who’ve bonded at the local Parent Craft class in the last trimester of their pregnancies. This seemingly straightforward antenatal group reveals secrets and lies bubbling beneath the surface that threaten each of the new families. In sharing the most intimate of experiences, they are shown how dreams can change in an instant and form a life-long bond and friendship. Each of the couples has their own unique issues to deal with, be it swollen feet, chronic wind or Braxton Hicks alongside debt, divorce and even death. The drama series is being produced by Rollem Productions with Yvonne Francas serving as the series producer and Kay Mellor and Polly Hill serving as the executive producers. Production on the drama series is set to commence in Leeds in January, with BBC One eyeing a 2014 premiere.