Morrissey has been cast as Carl Matthews, who every morning fights his way onto the 7.39 train where he sees the same unhappy faces doing the same daily commute into Waterloo’ Colman, as Carl Matthew’s wife Maggie; Smith as Sally Thorn, who recently moved out of London and is unsure if she likes her new suburban life, or the prospect of marriage to her fiancee; and Maguire has been cast as Ryan, a handsome personal trainer, who is desperate to start a family, get married, and settle down. He is engaged to Sally.
The 7.39 is a new romantic-drama serial penned by award-winning writer David Nicholls, the two-parter follows Sally and Carl, who begin talking after fighting for a seat on their morning commute and suddenly their daily train journey becomes a lot more interesting. Relatively happy in their home lives, they are, however, drawn to each other, and as their friendship grows to flirtation they refuse to admit – to each other or themselves – that a line might be crossed. The consequences of discovery will be life-changing, catastrophic perhaps, and yet they can’t help falling in love. The serial is being produced by NBCUniversal’s Carnival Films (the production company behind ITV1′s Downton Abbey) with Sally Woodward Gentle and Polly Hill serving as executive producers. John Alexander is attached to direct.
Speaking of the cast, Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, said: “I’m bowled over by the award-winning and stellar cast starring in The 7.39. But it’s perhaps no surprise given the wonderful scripts by David Nicholls, in his first television drama since his novel, One Day, became a worldwide phenomenon. Like that novel, The 7.39 is laugh out loud funny, painfully truthful, emotionally agonising and brilliantly British!”