ITV has given the green-light to HIM, a three-part “domestic horror” drama from The Politician’s Husband scribe Paula Milne and Mainstreet Pictures, the indie set up in 2013 by former ITV drama execs Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes.
HIM follows a 17-year-old boy, (known as HIM) who is caught in the limbo between childhood and adulthood. But he’s also trapped in a limbo between the two homes of his divorced parents, each now remarried with new families. Like any teenager, he is riding a rollercoaster of confusing emotions and finds it hard to process his feelings so tends to “act out”.
But his behaviour is also triggered by something else. He is engaged in a primal struggle to contain the terrifying secret of a supernatural power he inherited from his grandfather. When his 17-year-old stepsister Faith moves into the family home, HIM finds himself irrevocably drawn to her. The turmoil this causes in HIM escalates out of control and with it his supernatural power – and those closest to him are in his line of fire.
Paula Milne, best known for dramas The Politician’s Wife, The Politician’s Husband and Legacy, is penning the scripts for the three-part drama. Mainstreet Pictures, who were recently commissioned to produce a second season of Unforgotten, are producing. Chrissy Skinns is set as the series producer, while The Wipers Times helmer Andy De Emmony is attached to direct. The executive producers are Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes.
“Him tells the gripping story of a boy capable of psychic phenomena. It’s extraordinary and unlike any drama we’ve commissioned before”, said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the three-parter alongside ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea. “We’re incredibly excited about working with writer Paula Milne and commissioning HIM from Mainstreet Pictures following the success of their series Unforgotten”.
ITV has been busy in the past 24 hours. As TVWise reported yesterday, the commercial broadcaster has handed out a six episode straight-to-series order to The Good Karma Hospital, a contemporary medical drama from Mr Selfridge scribe Dan Sefton and independent production company Tiger Aspect Productions; while they are also moving forward with an 8 episode revival of Cold Feet, with original cast members James Nesbitt, Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris, John Thomson and Fay Ripley on-board to reprise their roles.