ITV has ordered Black Work, a three-part drama from Endeavour indie Mammoth Screen which has Sheridan Smith attached to star.
Black Work follows Jo Gillespie (Sheridan Smith), a police officer whose husband Ryan, an undercover policeman, is shot dead in mysterious circumstances. She sets out to uncover the truth behind his death, but soon finds Ryan has been tracking a man who was recently released from prison and no police department will claim responsibility for the operation he was running. Jo must uncover who Ryan was working for and why as she deals with her grief.
The three-parter was created by Matt Charman and is being produced by Mammoth Screen, the indie behind Endeavour and BBC One’s upcoming Poldark reboot. Tom Mullens is set as the producer, while Rebecca Keane and Damien Timmer are the executive producers. Any Human Heart helmer Michael Samuels is attached to direct. Production on Black Work is set to commence in Leeds this Autumn.
“Sheridan Smith is a dream to write for because as an actress there’s really nothing she can’t do”, said Matt Charman. “And Black Work is a story that pushes her to the limit – it makes her character, Jo Gillespie doubt herself, her family, her friends, everything she’s always taken for granted in her search for her husband’s killer.”
Black Work is the latest in a long line of dramas that Sheridan Smith has fronted for ITV. One of the actresses more acclaimed works for the broadcaster is Mrs Biggs, in which she played the titular role, and she is also set to star in their upcoming Cilla Black biopic Cilla, once again playing the lead role. Her other recent television credits include The 7.39 and The C Word, both for the BBC.
“We’re delighted to be working with Sheridan Smith again and with the hugely talented Matt Charman”, added ITV’s Director of Drama Commissioning Steve November. “Black Work is a high stakes drama which sees Jo risk everything in search of the truth. It’s a risk she’s prepared to take but it threatens to destroy both her family and career”.