ITV has ordered a new three-part drama titled The Trials of Jimmy Rose, which hails from Strike Back scribe Alan Whiting.
The Trials of Jimmy Rose tells the story of the eponymous character, a career criminal who has spent more time in prison than with his family. Distant hazy memories of Jimmy have been shattered by years of abandonment. Jimmy’s family have moved on with their lives. Can Jimmy put his criminal life behind him and regain their respect and love by being a grandfather, a father and a husband, not a gangster?
The three-parter was penned by Whiting and is being produced by ITV Studios and GroupM Entertainment. Casting for the drama is currently underway, with production expected to commence in Manchester in mid-October. Law & Order: UK‘s Jane Dauncey is set as the producer, with ITV Studios’ Kieran Roberts and GroupM’s Melanie Darlaston serving as executive producers. Lucan helmer Adrian Shergold is attached to direct.
“We’re delighted to have commissioned The Trials of Jimmy Rose,” said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November. “Alan Whiting has created an instantly memorable character, a man with too much to regret and not enough time to make amends. He’s been a successful criminal but can he now become a successful husband and father?”
While Executive Producer Kieran Roberts added: “The Trials of Jimmy Rose is a warm, funny and compelling drama about a family man with a criminal past who has to prove it’s never too late to start over. We can’t wait to start shooting in Manchester this autumn and are very excited about bringing Alan Whiting’s wonderful story and characters to the screen for ITV. “
The Trials of Jimmy Rose is the latest drama pick up at ITV for next year. The commercial broadcaster also has the new seasons of Lewis, Foyle’s War and Vera on tap for next year; and they have commissioned the World War II set drama series Jambusters, which is also expected to launch in 2015.