Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey, A Touch Of Cloth) has been tapped to play the lead in Doctor Foster, BBC One’s upcoming five episode drama serial from The Town scribe Mike Bartlett and Drama Republic – the independent production company behind The Honourable Woman.
Doctor Foster follows the eponymous doctor whom is a trusted GP, the heart of her village and a woman people can trust. But Doctor Foster’s life is about to explode. When she suspects her husband has been having an affair, Doctor Foster is determined to find out the truth. But when she looks into matters the secrets she uncovers propel her, her family, and even some of her patients, into chaos.
Suranne Jones is set to play the titular character, Doctor Foster. “I am thrilled to be working with the Drama Republic team as An Honourable Woman was one of my favourite programmes from last year”, she said. “I loved Mike Bartlett’s work before, King Charles III was really stunning and now I have this wonderful script that deals with very ‘human’ issues from marriage, motherhood, family, loyalty, pride, betrayal, and the very delicate subject of age.”
Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) is also set for a leading role in Doctor Foster. He will play Simon, Doctor Foster’s husband, and said he was “extremely excited” to be part of the cast. Robert Pugh (The Thirteenth Tale), Adam James (Gunpowder 5/11: The Greatest Terror Plot) and Jodie Comer (My Mad Fat Diary) also star
The five-part drama was originally commissioned more than a year ago by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson. At the time it was announced that the BBC’s Matthew Read and Drama Republic’s Roanna Benn, Greg Brenman and Jude Liknaitzky would executive produce. While Poirot helmer Tom Vaughan has since boarded the project and will direct.
“Mike’s scripts manage to feel incredibly rich and human at the same time as keeping a vice like grip on the reader”, added executive producer Matthew Read. “Its’ a testament to the strength of his writing that Drama Republic have been able to attract such strong talent both in front and behind the camera.”