Paul Nicholls (Law & Order: UK), Nate Fallows (Whitechapel), Haydn Gwynne (Death In Paradise), Michael Maloney (Fleming), Rebekah Staton (Raised By Wolves) and Susannah Field have joined the cast of BBC One’s one-off drama The C Word.
The C Word tells the story of twenty-eight year old Lisa, a newly wed who is right at the start of things. Her life is going in the right direction and in the order she planned it. Then, out of the blue, she is diagnosed with breast cancer. One minute her life was normal, the next, in an instant, that normality was gone.
Paul Nicholls has been cast as Pete, Lisa’s husband; Nate Fallows as Jamie, Lisa’s brother; Haydn Gwynne as Lisa’s mother; Michael Maloney as Lisa’s father; Rebekah Staton as Lisa’s friend Gabby’ and Susannah Field as Lisa’s friend Abigail. They join previously announced main cast member Sheridan Smith (Mrs Biggs), who is playing Lisa.
The one-off drama is based on the book of the same name by Lisa Lynch, which recounted her battle with cancer. The adaptation was penned by Nicole Taylor and is being produced by BBC Drama Production, who worked on the script with Lynch prior to her death in 2013. Simon Lewis is set to produce, while Tim Kirkby is attached to direct. The executive producer is Susan Hogg. Production on The C Word begins this month in London.
Speaking at the time that The C Word was commissioned earlier this year, Executive Producer Susan Hogg said: “One in three of us will receive a cancer diagnosis in our life time – everyone will be touched by it. Sometimes a voice makes itself heard which manages to encapsulate our universal experience. Lisa Lynch is one of those; accessible, irreverent, hilarious voices which can help us to find the energy to cope when it seems impossible. The C Word is a magical love story of a young couple, their families, and life itself.”