Morven Christie (The A Word, Hunted) and Vicky McClure (Line Of Duty, This Is England) have been set as the leads in BBC One’s three-part psychological thriller The Replacement, which hails from Left Bank Pictures and Joe Ahearne, TVWise has learned.
The Replacement follows Ellen, a successful architect in her mid-thirties, who falls pregnant and finds maternity cover in Paula. Ellen wants to champion her, but something’s not right. Ellen begins to fear for her safety when she suspects her maternity cover has a disturbing agenda. Can her suspicions be explained away as female rivalry and her own insecurity of opting out of work at the top of her game… or do they speak to something deeper?
Morven Christie has been cast as Ellen. “Joe’s scripts are full of tension and it’s a genuine thrill to be given the opportunity not only to play this deliciously rich character, but to do so in my home-town, with this extraordinary cast”, she said in a statement.” I feel so honoured to be part of this wonderful team, bringing these complex and compelling script to life.”
Vicky McClure, who plays Detective Sergeant Kate Fleming in fellow BBC drama Line Of Duty, takes on the role of Paula. “Joe Ahearne has written an incredibly complex and thrilling script”, added McClure. “I’m really excited to play a role that is miles apart from previous characters. Looking forward to working with Morven and spending time in Glasgow.”
Also joining the cast of The Replacement – which is now in production in Glasgow for a 2017 premiere – is Richard Rankin (From Darkness, Outlander), Dougray Scott (Strike Back, Hemlock Grove), Neve McIntosh (Doctor Who, Critical), Navin Chowdhry (Babylon, Doctor Foster) and Siobhan Redmond (Between The Lines, Alice: Through The Looking Glass).
The three-part drama, penned by Joe Ahearne, is set up at the Sony Pictures Television owned indie Left Bank Pictures, with Nicole Cauverien serving as the series producer, In addition to penning the script, Jo Ahearne is also attached to direct all three episodes. The executive producers are Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie for Left Bank Pictures, and Matthew Read for BBC One.