Kenny Doughty, Honor Kneafsey & Matthew McNulty Join ITV’s ‘Black Work’

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Kenny Doughty (Vera), Honor Kneafsey (Our Zoo) and Matthew McNulty (Jamaica Inn) are set to co-star opposite Sheridan Smith in ITV’s upcoming three-part drama Black Work, which hails from Endeavour indie Mammoth Screen, TVWise has learned.

Black Work follows Jo Gillespie (Sheridan Smith), a police officer whose husband Ryan, an undercover policeman, is shot dead in mysterious circumstances. She sets out to uncover the truth behind his death, but soon finds Ryan has been tracking a man who was recently released from prison and no police department will claim responsibility for the operation he was running. Jo must uncover who Ryan was working for and why as she deals with her grief.

Kenny Doughty plays Ryan Gillespie, Jo’s husband; Honor Kneafsey has been cast as Melly, Jo’s daughter; and Matthew McNulty will portray DC Jack Clark, Ryan Gillespie’s colleague who Jo turns to for support in uncovering the truth. The cast also includes Douglas Henshall (Shetland), Geraldine James (Utopia), Phil Davis (Whitechapel), Oliver Woollford (Utopia), Sharon Duce (Coronation Street), Andrew Knott (Spooks: Code 9), Ace Bhatti (Eastenders), Carla Henry (Homefront), Lisa Dillon (Cranford), Vinette Robinson (Sherlock), and Ben-Ryan Davies (Waterloo Road).

The three-parter was created by Matt Charman and is being produced by Mammoth Screen, the indie behind Endeavour and BBC One’s upcoming Poldark reboot. Tom Mullens is set as the producer, while Rebecca Keane and Damien Timmer are the executive producers. Any Human Heart helmer Michael Samuels is attached to direct. Production on Black Work is now underway in Leeds for a 2015 premiere.

ITV has been busy of late commissioning a casting a whole slew of original dramas for next year’s schedule. The commercial broadcaster also has three-part drama Arthur & George, starring Martin Clunes and Arsher Ali; thriller series Safe House, starring Christopher Eccleston, Marsha Thomason and Paterson Joseph; and Code Of A Killer, starring David Threlfall and John Simm,  in production for 2015 premieres.