BBC Two has given the green-light to Doing Money, a one-off drama about slavery in modern Britain. Romanian actress Anca Dumitra (Las Fierbinti) and Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) are attached to star.
Doing Money follows Ana, a young Romanian woman snatched in broad daylight from a London street, trafficked to Ireland and used as a sex slave in a series of ‘pop up’ brothels. Ana’s story offers a tense and thought-provoking thriller, with powerful insights into the challenges of policing a form of modern slavery that hides in plain sight. It exposes just how big business “doing money” is.
The one-off 90 minute fact-based drama was penned by Vanity Fair scribe Gwyneth Hughes and is being produced by Renegade Pictures in association with Irish broadcaster RTE and supported by Northern Ireland Screen. It was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland and the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger. Mike Dormer is the series producer, while The Boy With The Top Knot helmer Lynsey Miller is attached to direct. The executive producers are Alex Cooke for Renegade Pictures, and Lucy Richer for BBC Two. Filming took place in and around Belfast.
Anca Dumitra plays Ana, while Allen Leech has been cast as Detective Inspector Dougie Grant. Rounding out the cast is Tom Glynn-Carney (Dunkirk, The Last Post), Dragos Bucur (The Long Way Back), Alec Secareanu (God’s Own Country), Cosmina Stratan (Beyond The Hills), Voica Oltean (Breaking News), Alina Serban (The Last Enemy), Turlough Convery (Poldark), Karen Hassan (The Fall) and Jonathan Harden (Unforgotten).
“This is such an urgent and shocking drama for our times and I am delighted that such a brilliant cast is coming together to tell Ana’s story”, said BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland. “With Gwyneth Hughes’ powerful script and Lynsey Miller’s directorial vision, this promises to be hugely impactful.”
While Executive Producer Alex Cooke added: “We hope telling Ana’s story will give a voice to those women who are too often invisible to the people around them. It’s a privilege to bring Ana’s story to BBC Two, told with sensitivity and intelligence by writer Gwyneth Hughes and director Lynsey Miller. And I’m delighted we have such a brilliant international cast who gave remarkable performances to bring this insidious and captivating story of modern day slavery to life.”