BBC Two has rounded out the cast for MatherFatherSon.
Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Harlots), Danny Sapani (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Sinéad Cusack (Marcella), Paul Ready (The Terror) and Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones) will star opposite previously announced cast members Richard Gere, Helen McCrory and Billy Howle in the eight episode drama series from American Crime Story and London Spy scribe Tom Rob Smith.
Originally commissioned the better part of two years ago, MotherFatherSon is described as a political and psychological thriller that sits at the intersections of police, politics and the press. The series is as much a family saga as it is a savage, unflinching study of power and how even the mightiest of empires can be in peril when a family turns on each other.
Lancashire has been cast as Angela Howard, a brilliant businesswoman turned MP and Leader of the Opposition; Bennett-Warner as Lauren, a senior executive with the family media company and trusted adviser to Max (Gere); Sapani as Jahan Zakari, the first ever Muslim Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Cusack and Ready as Maggie and Nick, two renegade journalists from the London-based newspaper which Max (Richard Gere) owns; and Mawle as Scott, an enigmatic and damaged figure who Kathryn (Helen McCrory) becomes entangled with.
MotherFatherSon was created by Smith, who penned the scripts and serves as an executive producer alongside The Newsroom‘s Alan Poul, Hilary Salmon and Elizabeth Kilgarriff. It is being produced by BBC Studios Drama London and was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland. Lisa Osborne (Quirke, Little Dorrit) is the series producer, while The Thirteenth Tale helmer James Kent is the lead director. Filming on MotherFatherSon will commence shortly in London and on location in Spain. BBC Studios will distribute the series internationally. “This is one of the most exciting casts ever assembled for television”, Tom Rob Smith added.