BBC has given the greenlight to My Mother And Other Strangers, a five episode period drama from Darling Buds of May scribe Barry Devlin which is set in Northern Ireland during the Second World War.
Set to air pre-watershed, My Mother And Other Strangers follows the fortunes of a rural family, the Coynes, and their neighbours in the village of Moybeg on the shores of Lough Neagh in County Tyrone, as they struggle to maintain a normal life after a huge USAAF airfield with 4,000 service men and women – complete with a handsome and charming liaison officer, Captain Dreyfuss – lands smack-dab in the middle of their parish in 1943.
Barry Devlin created My Mother And Other Strangers and is penning the scripts for the five episode series, which was commissioned by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and outgoing Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson. BBC Northern Ireland is producing, with BBC Northern Ireland’s Head of Drama Stephen Wright executive producing. Northern Ireland Screen is providing funding. Casting is currently underway, with production set to commence in and around Northern Ireland later this year.
This is the first drama project to come out of the more formal tie up between the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen, who previously worked together on a range of dramas including The Fall and Line Of Duty. Said agreement calls for the two to more closely collaborate on drama projects that have the potential to sell internationally and fuel the growth of the TV and film industry in Northern Ireland.
“This drama is great news for Northern Ireland. We’re very excited about the new partnership with Northern Ireland Screen”, said Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC. “It opens up fantastic opportunities for us to work with teams here, and showcase their stories to audiences across the UK – and worldwide.”
“A Second World War love story set in Northern Ireland with 4,000 American service men and women as the backdrop. That is the perfect historically based premise to produce strong drama set here but for international audiences as well as UK and Irish audiences”, added Richard Williams, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen. “It is therefore perfect for our internationally focused partnership agreement with the BBC. I wish Barry Devlin and Stephen Wright every success in producing what I know will be a fantastic show.”