David Threlfall (Shameless), Russell Tovey (Him & Her), Stephen Mackintosh (Inside Men), David Bamber (The Hollow Crown), Victoria Hamilton (Toast), Indira Varma (Silk), Claudie Blakely (The Night Watch), Amber Rose Revah (The Myster of Edwin Drood), Jessica Gunning (White Heat) and Alexander Arnold (Skins) have all been cast in BBC One’s upcoming four-part drama What Remains.
What Remains is a new four part drama created by Inside Men scribe Tony Basgallop and has been described as a “whodunit”. The drama picks up just as the body of Melissa Young, a 30-year-old single woman, is found decomposed in the loft above her flat two years after her death. How is it that no one missed her, or even noticed that she was gone? What does that say about the life she lived or the society we occupy? And is her killer still at large? What Remains is being produced by BBC Drama Production, Coky Giedroyc (The Hour) is directing, the executive producer is Hilary Salmon. Production on the four part drama is currently underway in London.
“The key to writing and casting What Remains has been in ensuring that we had the right chemistry between the characters. We have to believe in the partnerships for the drama to work, because at its core this is an ensemble piece about the spaces we share, the compromises we make, and the unwritten rules of communal living” said writer Tony Basgallop. “It’s also a whodunit, so we need to empathize with these characters whilst at the same time presenting them as suspects in a murder. No mean feat. Fortunately we’ve landed a cast with the quality and experience to pull the audience in any direction we choose to take them.”
Executive Producer Hilary Salmon added: “Tony is one of the stand-out British dramatists currently writing for television and we are thrilled to be making his intriguing new murder mystery. What Remains is both a tense whodunit, obeying all the rules of the popular genre, and at the same time a deep analysis of the nature of loneliness and the true meaning of community.”