Emily Reid (Curfew, Belgravia), Emmett J. Scanlan (Peaky Blinders, The Fall), Catherine Walker (Shetland, Versailles) and Eleanor Methven (Little Women, Derry Girls) have been tapped to star in Channel 5’s four-part drama The Deceived.
The Deceived is described as having as “sinister narrative of lust, manipulation and betrayal”. It follows English student Ophelia, who falls in love with her married lecturer, seeing in him all the answers to her needs.
When their affair results in a shocking and tragic death, Ophelia finds herself trapped in a world where she can no longer trust her own mind. Emily Reid has been cast as lead character Ophelia; Emmett J. Scanlan as the timelessly attractive and charismatic English lecturer Dr Michael Callaghan; Catherine Walker as Michael’s wife Roisin, a successful, award-winning fiction writer; and Eleanor Methven as Roisin’s devoted and sometimes overbearing mother Mary Mulvery.
Rounding out the cast is Ian McElhinney (The Fall) as Hugh, Michael’s father who is fighting the oncoming tide of dementia; Shelley Conn (Liar) as Ruth, Roisin’s best friend who is intelligent and loyal; and Dempsey Bovell (Patrick Melrose) as Matthew, Michael’s confidante and biggest admirer.
The four-parter was penned by Lisa McGee and Tobias Beer and is being produced by New Pictures. Imogen O’Sullivan is the series producer, while Victoria helmer Chloe Thomas is directing. The executive producers are Charlie Hampton, Charlie Pattinson, Lisa McGee and Tobias Beer. Production is now underway in Belfast ahead of a 2020 premiere. Virgin Media Television is on-board as the Irish broadcaster. All3Media International will handle global sales.