UPDATE: ‘Broadchurch’ Alum Joe Sims To Play Vincent Tabak In ITV’s Two-Part Drama ‘The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies’

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UPDATE, January 16th: With production having now wrapped on the drama, new details are beginning to emerge and I have learned that the “substantial” role that Sims played on the drama was none other than Vincent Tabak, who was convicted of murdering Joanna Yates.

EXCLUSIVE, November 3rd: ITV’s two parter The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies has added another actor to its cast. I’ve learned that Joe Sims – arguably best known for his role as Nige Carter in ITV’s hit drama series Broadchurch – has joined the cast of the drama which is set to enter production later this year on location in Bristol.

Details of Sims’ role are being kept under wraps but one source has pegged it as “substantial.” The news of Sims’ casting comes shortly after TVWise broke the news that the drama, which had been in development for the past few months, received a green-light from ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and that Jason Watkins (Trollied) has been cast as the lead.

Penned by Peter Morgan, The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies will recount the story of Jefferies who, following the murder of Jo Yeates in 2010, was arrested by police and was considered the primary suspect until evidence pointing to Vincent Tabak surfaced. Christopher Jefferies’ life was turned upside down by the ordeal, exacerbated by the intense press coverage which vilified Jefferies. Carnival Films – the production company behind such dramas as ITV’s Downton Abbey and the BSkyB/NBC co-production Dracula – is producing the 2 x 90 minute drama, which was commissioned by ITV’s Steve November. Kevin Loader is serving as the producer, with Roger Michell attached to direct.