BBC One has ordered a new drama series from Silk creator Peter Moffat titled The Village. The broadcaster has given the series a six episode order and The Village is expected to air on BBC One in 2013.
The drama series tells the story of one village over the period of 100 years, told through the memories of Bert Middleton who has been a resident in the village for the full century that the series will cover. The drama will open in 1914, when a young Bert is being raised on his family’s farm in Derbyshire. The Village stars Maxine Peake, John Simm, Bill Jones, Nico Mirallegro, Emily Beecham, Charlie Murphy, Jim Cartwright, Anthony Flanagan, Annabelle Apsion, Joe Armstrong, Matt Stokoe, Augustus Prew and Stephen Walters. Company Pictures is producing with John Griffin, George Faber, Charles Pattinson and Polly Hill serving as executive producers.
The Village reunites Moffat and Maxine Peake who, in addition to her starring role on Silk, also starred in Moffat’s previous BBC series Criminal Justice. “Beautiful writing – a period piece when we’re not focusing on the decision makers but the working people, it is so great to see the other side – changes within a chain of social and political life, in minutiae,” said Peake. “My character, Grace channels all her energy into her family with a focus on ambition and the idea of freedom for her sons. Women moving into the workplace as the men went to fight and finding independence.”