Martin Compston (Line Of Duty, Mary Queen Of Scots), Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders, Gentleman Jack) and newcomer Mirren Mack have been set as the leads in The Nest, BBC One’s five-episode drama from Nicole Taylor and Studio Lambert.
The Nest explores the consequences of a pact between a wealthy couple and a teenage girl that changes all of their lives forever. Dan (Compston) and Emily (Rundle) are crazy about each other. They live in a huge house in a beautiful location just outside Glasgow and want for nothing. All that’s missing is a baby – and they’ve been trying for years.
Through a chance encounter they meet Kaya (Mack), an 18-year-old from the other side of the city, whose life is as precarious at theirs is comfortable. When Kaya agrees to carry their baby, it feels like they were meant to meet, but was it really by chance? Who is Kaya and what has brought her to this couple? Can the dreams of Kaya, Emily and Dan be fulfilled or have all three embarked on a relationship of mutually assured destruction?
The Nest, which was originally commissioned a year ago, was penned by Nicole Taylor and is being produced by Studio Lambert. It was commissioned by the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger and the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore. The executive producers are Susan Hogg, Simon Lewis and Nicole Taylor for Studio Lambert and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Clare Kerr is the series producer, while Andy de Emmony and Simen Alsvik are attached to direct. Filming get underway next month in Glasgow.
Rounding out the cast is Shirley Henderson (Happy Valley), Katie Leung (Strangers), David Hayman (Hatton Garden), Fiona Bell (Shetland), James Harkness (The Victim), Bailey Patrick (London Kills), Kate Dickie (Game Of Thrones), Paul Brannigan (Under The Skin) and Samuel Small (Game Of Thrones).
“Nicole Taylor’s extraordinarily brilliant and compelling scripts have drawn some of the UK’s finest talent and we are delighted to have Martin Compston and Sophie Rundle head up this wonderful ensemble cast”, said the BBC’s Senior Drama Commissioner Lucy Richer.
“I am overjoyed to be filming in my hometown of Glasgow with a cast I have long dreamt of writing for”, commented series creator Nicole Taylor. “Martin, Sophie, Kate, Shirley, James, David…they’ve all been chatting away in my head for years as I’ve been writing (unbeknownst to them!) so I could not be more proud that they have agreed to join The Nest and make these characters real”.