ITV Orders Dawn French Fronted Drama ‘Glass Houses’

ITV has ordered Glass Houses, a new six episode drama series fronted by The Vicar Of Dibley and Delicious star Dawn French.

Glass Houses is set in a picturesque small coastal town with a close-knit community and follows the stories and fall out for Maggie Connors (Dawn French) who doesn’t pay attention to the cautionary adage that ‘those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones’.

Maggie makes it her business to know a bit about everyone’s lives. When a radio journalist interviews her for a small piece about local life she gives him far more detail (and embellishment) about the locals and their personal lives than he was counting on. In the days and weeks following the show’s broadcast, Maggie sees the butterfly effect of how her very public gossip-fest affects various figures around the town and disrupts their lives.

“Glass Houses is a new drama in the tradition of Doc Martin and The Darling Buds Of May, full of warmth and intriguing characters”, said ITV’s Comedy Controller Saskia Schuster, who commissioned Glass Houses. “This new series will embrace its beautiful idyllic South Devon setting as we meet the villagers of Thurlbury and find out how an innocent afternoon spent indiscreetly gossiping has a domino effect on the whole village.“

Beyond Dawn French, other core cast members include Mark Heap (Upstart Crow, The Midnight Gang) as Maggie’s husband Peter, Julie Hesmondhalgh (Happy Valley, Broadchurch) as Maggie’s best friend Jill, Vicki Pepperdine (Getting On, Sally4Ever) as school secretary Karen, and Patrick Robinson (Him, Mount Pleasant) as novelist Marcus.

Glass Houses was created by Mark Brotherhood and is being produced by Genial Productions. Joanna Hanley is the series producer, while Ben Gregor is attached to direct. The executive producers are Sophie Clarke-Jervoise, Dawn French and Mark Brotherhood. ITV said further casting would be announced at a later date. Production is set to get underway in South Devon this spring. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will handle international sales.

“We’re delighted to be making Glass Houses for ITV – it’s a cautionary tale for anyone wanting to gain popularity by passing on unfounded gossip and Mark Brotherhood’s scripts are packed full of intrigue, comedy and suspense”. commented Sophie Clarke-Jervoise, Genial Production’s Managing Director and Glass Houses Executive Producer.

While Dawn French added: “Sophie and I have been developing Glass Houses for some time and I can’t wait to finally get started in front of the camera. It’s such a good story with a fantastic funny, touching script by Mark Brotherhood. Let me at it!”