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All star cast for ‘Southcliffe’


Channel 4 has announced an all-star cast for new four-part drama Southcliffe from award-winning writer Tony Grisoni (Red Riding, The Unloved) and Warp Films.

Confirmed stars include: Rory Kinnear (Black Mirror), Sean Harris (Prometheus), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina), Eddie Marsan (Tyrannosaur), Anatol Yusef (Boardwalk Empire), Nichola Burley (Wuthering Heights), Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones) and Kaya Scodelario (Wuthering Heights).

Southcliffe tells the story of a fictional English market town devastated by a spate of shootings which take place over a single day. It explores tragedy, grief, responsibility and redemption seen through the eyes of a journalist returning to the small town of his childhood, and those closest to the victims of the tragedy.

Tony Grisoni says; “Southcliffe is a fictional market town inhabited by fictional characters, but with similarities to many actual people and places in Britain today. Invisible people, anonymous places. The inexplicable chain of events at the dark heart of this four-part drama shatters time and space for Southcliffe’s inhabitants. Violence and sudden bereavement confronts them with emotions they are unequipped to understand. Rather than analyse or moralise about our characters’ actions, we share in them. Southcliffe is an anthem to ordinary people’s ability to reinvent themselves in the face of ultimate darkness.”

Directed by Sean Durkin, produced by Derrin Schlesinger (Four Lions) and executive produced by Peter Carlton (This is England) for Warp Films and Sophie Gardiner for Channel 4.

Southcliffe will begin filming next month and be broadcast on Channel 4 in 2013.