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Dornan to star in Company's new C4 historical drama

Dornan to star in Company's new C4 historical drama
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Pippa Considine
22 July 2013

Jamie Dornan (The Fall), Freya Mavor (Skins, The White Queen), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) and Joe Dempsie (Southcliffe, Game of Thrones) will star as young idealists during the Restoration period in Company Pictures new four-part historical drama New Worlds for Channel 4.

Set in the turbulent 1680s, amid the political struggles of the period following the English Civil War, the drama takes place on both sides of the Atlantic, as two young men and two young women commit their lives to a fairer future.

Filming will start in the UK this month with director Charles Martin (Skins, Run) at the helm. The four parter is written and created by Peter Flannery (Our Friends In The North) and Martine Brant and produced by Company Pictures (Skins, Shameless, Elizabeth 1, The White Queen) for Channel 4. New Worlds follows on from their 2008 series The Devil’s Whore.

The drama will be produced by Johann Knobel (Shameless, The Shadow Line and Secret State) and executive produced by Peter Flannery, Martine Brant and John Yorke for Company Pictures

In England, torture, show trails and summary executions are rife as Charles II has betrayed his promise of tolerance and reverted to tyranny. At Fanshawe House, we rejoin Angelica (Eve Best, Nurse Jackie) from The Devil’s Whore, now Countess of Abingdon, striving to protect her daughter Beth (Freya Mavor) from a country yet again on the brink of chaos. But when Abe (Jamie Dornan) – outlaw and idealist – breaks into Beth’s sheltered world he jolts her into consciousness and asks her if she can standby as the liberties won with her father’s Civil War blood are destroyed. Meanwhile in New England the colonists struggle throw off the distant but steely control of the English Crown and Hope (Alice Englert) and Ned (Joe Dempsie) find themselves on the brutal frontline.

Transmission will be in 2014.


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