ITV has given the greenlight to Jambusters, a six episode drama series set during World War II which is being produced by ITV Studios.
Jambusters is set in rural Chesire during World War II and follows a group of “inspirational women”. The war has separated these women from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers. By banding together, the women will help maintain the nation’s fabric in its darkest hour, and they will discover inner resources that will forever change their lives.
The six episode series was penned by Lewis scribe Simon Block and is inspired by the book of the same name by Julie Summers. The ITV Studios produced drama was developed by Catherine Oldfield, who serves as an executive producer alongside ITV Studios’ Francis Hopkinson. Strike Back‘s Sue de Beauvoir is set to produce, while Our War helmer Bruce Goodison is attached to direct. Production begins this September in Cheshire for a 2015 premiere.
“We’re really delighted to have commissioned Jambusters”, said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the series alongside ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea. “Great writing from Simon has given Julie Summers’ wonderful book a fictional life. The women are real and engaging and have fantastic spirit and attitude. With World War II on the horizon, multiple strands of plot interweave to create a period drama full of jeopardy and intrigue, but also great humanity and modernity”.
While Executive Producer Francis Hopkinson added: “Thanks to Simon Block’s brilliant script, inspired by Julie Summers’s book, this series will take a fresh look at life on the Home Front, showing both the tragedies and the triumphs, and offering some wonderful roles for Britain’s top actresses. We are delighted that ITV share our enthusiasm for the project.”