BAFTA nominated actor John Lynch, best known for his role as Assistant Chief Constable Burns on BBC Two’s The Fall, is set to co-star in ITV’s three-part drama The Trials of Jimmy Rose, TVWise has learned.
The Trials of Jimmy Rose tells the story of the eponymous character, a career criminal who has made crime pay, with his profits taking the form of a beautiful detached home on a small executive estate. But it has come at a cost – he 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?
John Lynch, whose long list of previous credits also includes Merlin, Shetland and The Assets, has been cast as Steve McIntyre. He joins a cast that is being led by Ray Winstone as Jimmy, and Amanda Redman as Jimmy’s wife Jackie. Marion Bailey (Vera Drake), Paul Jesson (Rome), Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey), Charlotte Randle (Silent Witness) and Montanna Thompson (The Story Of Tracy Beaker) also star
The three-parter, which received a green-light back in August, was penned by Strike Back scribe Alan Whiting & Dom Shaw, and is being produced by ITV Studios and GroupM Entertainment. Jane Dauncey is set as the series producer, while Lucan helmer Adrian Shergold is attached to direct. The executive producers are ITV Studios’ Kieran Roberts and GroupM’s Melanie Darlaston. Production is now underway in Manchester for a 2015 premiere.
Speaking at the time that The Trials Of Jimmy Rose was commissioned, ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November said: “We’re delighted to have commissioned The Trials of Jimmy Rose. 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?”