Channel 4 Announces its Autumn/Winter Drama line-up!

Channel 4 have announced their Autumn/Winter drama line-up featuring an impressive array of British talent including: Peter Mullan, Gabriel Byrne, Damian Lewis, John Simm, Olivia Colman, Gina McKee, Shirley Henderson and David Oyelowo.

A host of future stars will join them including: Monica Dolan, Joseph Gilgun, Katie Leung, Arsher Ali, Karla Crome, Matt Stokoe and newcomer Sharon Rooney, alongside returning (multi- award winning) series such as Fresh Meat, Top Boy and Misfits.

 

The list of C4 shows are as follows:

COUP

A roster of Britain’s best-known acting talent joins Gabriel Byrne in Channel 4’s brand-new serial Coup. They include Douglas Hodge (Robin Hood, Unforgiven), Gina McKee (The Silence, Vera), Charles Dance (Gosford Park, Merlin, Lia Williams (The Last Detective), Rupert Graves (Sherlock), Sylvestra Le Touzel (Case Histories) and Ruth Negga (Love/Hate, Misfits).

Gabriel Byrne plays the pivotal role of politician Tom Dawkins, the reluctant hero at the heart of this contemporary conspiracy thriller, who finds himself thrust into the spotlight of front-line politics when he least expects to be, and who risks everything by taking on the might of the establishment.

Coup is set to air Sept/Oct (tbc)

HERE AND THERE

Award-winning director Michael Winterbottom returns to Channel 4 with an ambitious single feature-length drama Here And There (1 x 120′). Starring John Simm (Exile, Mad Dogs) as a prisoner and Shirley Henderson (The Crimson Petal and The White) as his wife, the drama has been filmed over five years and is a tender and unique portrayal of one family living through a prison sentence. A Revolution Films production.

Here and There is set to air Sept/Oct (tbc)

THE FEAR – (4 X 60 from World Productions)

Stars Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur, War Horse) as Brighton crime boss turned grandee Richie Becket. Becket’s legacy is under threat when the family firm, now run by his two sons, faces ruthless new rivals in the form of a gang of Albanians moving in on their Brighton-based empire. His sons need a peacemaker, but his erratic and increasingly extreme behaviour only inflames the situation. Can Richie and his family survive when his mind and world start imploding?

The Fear will air Nov/Dec 2012 (FURTHER CASTING TO BE ANNOUNCED)

MY FAT MAD TEENAGE DIARY (W/T)

Sharon Rooney stars as heroine Rae Earl in a brand new series starting on E4 this November. Set in the mid-90s at the height of cool Britannia, My Fat Mad Teenage Diary (working title) takes a hilarious and honest look at teenage life from the perspective of sixteen-year-old Rae – a fat, funny girl who, despite an eccentric mother and her own mental health issues, has a huge lust for life, love and Liam Gallagher.

Sharon, in her first major TV role after an early career of comedy theatre and stand-up, is joined by a raft of fresh young talent, many of them newcomers. Rae’s friendship group includes best friend and popular girl Chloe played by Jodie Comer, jack-the-lad and joker Chop played by Jordan Murphy, the sweet and innocent Izzy played by Ciara Baxendale, major lust interest Archie played by Dan Cohen, and fit-but-knows-it Finn played by Nico Mirallegro (Spike Island, Hollyoaks). Claire Rushbrook (Whitechapel, Mutual Friends, Secrets & Lies) plays Rae’s mum. Adapted from Rae Earl’s real-life diary and book of the same name, the series is written by Tom Bidwell, a previous alumnus of Channel 4’s talent scheme Coming Up, and Oscar-nominee for his short film Wish 143.

Set to air on E4 November 2012.

THE SNOWMAN

In 1982, Channel 4 first broadcast an instant classic: The Snowman. C4 will be celebrating its 30 year anniversary and the enduring charm of this all-time family favourite with a brand new sequel to the Christmas classic.

The Snowman will air December 2012.

COMPLICIT

In fighting the War on Terror is torture ever justified? David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Red Tail, The Help) stars in a compelling new single drama from acclaimed writer Guy Hibbert (Blood and Oil, Five Minutes of Heaven, Omagh) that explores the murky moral compromises that underpin the hidden intelligence war.

Complicit (1 x 120″) follows the story of Edward (Oyelowo) an MI5 officer who, desperate to foil another 7/7 style atrocity, wrestles with his own conscience and moral code when he finally comes face to face with British terror suspect Waleed (Arsher AliFour Lions, Beaver Falls). Convinced that Waleed is plotting an attack, Edward tears up the rule book and makes an irrevocable decision. Also starring Monica Dolan (BAFTA winner – Appropriate Adult), Stephen Campbell-Moore (The History Boys, The Bank Job), Paul Ritter (Friday Night Dinner, Great Expectations) and Makram Khoury (House of Saddam, The West Wing). Informed by extensive research, Hibbert’s film is a penetrating insight into the dangerous world of MI5 and counter terrorism.

Complicit will air Winter 2012/2013.

RUN

An original four-part series which reveals the interconnectedness of apparently separate lives through the stories of five people faced with choices in a world where survival is never a given.

Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur, Twenty Twelve) and Katie Leung (Harry Potter and The Order of the Order of the Phoenix) Lennie James (Line of Duty, The Walking Dead) and Jamie Winstone (True Love,Made in Dagenham) star in the debut drama commission from young indie AcmeTV, owned by Jaimie D’Cruz (Oscar-nominated Exit Through The Gift Shop) and Francesca Newby. Created and written by newcomers Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan.

Run is set to air Winter 2012/2013.

UTOPIA

Dennis Kelly‘s enigmatic thriller Utopia (6 x 60′ – Kudos Film & TV) centres around a mysterious graphic novel and a shadowy unit called The Network who will stop at nothing, to keep its origin and meaning secret.

Utopia will air in 2013 (CASTING TO BE ANNOUNCED)

RETURNING DRAMA’S

BEAVER FALLS S2

E4 returns to Beaver Falls, hot US summer camp and home to hot girls, fit boys and of course our three British chancers, Best friends Flynn (Sam Robertson), A-Rab (Arsher Ali) and Barry (John Dagleish). The entire original cast return, with a few new faces in the mix.

Beaver Falls Series 2 airs on E4 August 2012

FRESH MEAT S2

The critically acclaimed comedy drama series about the painful truths of being a student returns for a second series. Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong latest creation follows a group of six students, starring Jack Whitehall, Joe Thomas and Zawe Ashton.

Fresh Meat Series 2 will air October 2012 on Channel 4

HOMELAND S2

Damian Lewis, Claire Danes, David Harewood and Mandy Patenkin all return as Rupert Friend joins the mulit-award winning, smash hit drama due back on C4 in the Autumn.

Homeland Season 2 is set to air in October (tbc)

Misfits S4

Further details to be announced – Filming across the summer for Transmission Oct/Nov on E4.

TOP BOY S2

Ashley Walters (Hustle, Small Island) reprises his acclaimed role in Ronan Bennett ‘s searing thriller about life lived on the edge…

Top Boy Series 2 will air in 2013