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Jimmy McGovern’s BBC One Daytime’s drama attracts all-star cast!


A star-studded cast has been announced for the fifth series of Jimmy McGovern‘s BBC One daytime drama, Moving On – with the series set to be the first to premiere, in its entirety, on BBC iPlayer.

Created by EMMY and multi-BAFTA-winning writer Jimmy McGovern, the series includes five stand-alone films featuring a plethora of famous faces including, Natalie Gumede (Strictly Come Dancing, Coronation Street); EastEnders’ legend Anita Dobson, Anthony Flanagan (The Village, Red Riding), Jo Joyner (EastEnders, No Angels), Lee Ingleby (Inspector George Gently, White Heat), Duncan Preston (Acorn Antiques, Love And Marriage), Ray Fearon (Harry Potter, Silk), Emma Cuniffe (The Lakes, Southcliffe), Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Dead Boss), Craig Kelly (Queer As Folk, Coronation Street ), Taj Atwal (Stella, Miranda), Amy Nuttall (Downton Abbey, Emmerdale), Ramon Tikaram (This Life, White Heat), Jo-Anne Knowles (Waterloo Road, Young Dracula), Rosalind Ayres (Outnumbered, The Cinder Path), Emma Lowndes (Cranford, Survivors) and Keith Barron (Duty Free, The Chase).

In addition, the series includes two films directed by comic Johnny Vegas (Bleak House, Mr Stink) and actor Robert Glenister (Hustle, Spooks).

Moving On explores contemporary issues, all linked by the common theme of characters who reach a turning point in life and then move on.

Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Daytime, said: “Moving On has firmly established itself as a favourite with the daytime audience and we’re delighted to be able to offer new episodes exclusively on BBC iPlayer and on BBC Daytime this autumn. Viewers will be able to enjoy gripping drama performed by a stellar cast and written by talented storytellers.”

Jimmy McGovern, said: “I always enjoy working on Moving On: five new stories from five brilliant writers, and a cracking cast too.”

Victoria Jaye, Head of TV Content, BBC iPlayer, said: “We couldn’t be more delighted that Jimmy McGovern’s Moving On will be the first drama series to premiere on BBC iPlayer, in its entirety. As an established drama in the daytime schedule, the series premiere on BBC iPlayer will be both a gift to loyal viewers and an unprecedented opportunity for a wider audience to enjoy these five stand-alone films across multiple devices, and at a time that suits them. Over the last year, there has been 43% growth in BBC iPlayer usage across mobile and tablet – with drama programmes driving almost a third of total viewing.”

The series is produced by Donna Molloy, executive produced for the BBC by Damian Kavanagh and for LA Productions by Colin McKeown.

Moving On is filmed on location in and around Liverpool.