Channel 5 has commissioned Gaumont to make Under Her Skin (w/t), a 4 x 60” primetime psychological thriller about a woman who, on the surface, has it all. But with the pressures of modern life and a new friend secretly determined to create chaos, her world is set spiralling.

The series, which has started filming in Malta, will be produced by Gaumont, in partnership with Banijay Rights for international distribution.

Ordered for Channel 5 by Paul Testar, commissioning editor, Drama, Channel 5 and Paramount+, Under Her Skin (w/t) is written and created by Jo Rogers (The Colony), who also serves as associate producer, and is directed by Adrian McDowall (The Last Czars, Willow). Executive producers for Gaumont are Alison Jackson and Jessica Connell.

Jo Joyner (Stay Close, Ackley Bridge, Shakespeare & Hathaway) is confirmed to play Laura, a woman who has the perfect family on paper – a loving husband and two beautiful children. But like any family there are cracks in their perfect veneer. Cracks that Emily, played by Rachel Shenton (All Creatures Great and Small, White Gold), a charismatic stranger is hell bent on exploiting.

We see Laura led down an increasingly dangerous path as Emily nurtures Laura’s neuroses about her ability as a mother, fuels tensions in her marriage and reignites an old flame from Laura’s past. But Laura is hiding something too… and these two women are bound by a shared secret, one they have both tried to keep buried. But nothing stays a secret forever.

Alison Jackson, executive producer, Gaumont says: “We are thrilled to bring this contemporary, provocative story to life in our first project with Channel 5. Jo Joyner and Rachel Shenton are a hugely dynamic duo and we can’t wait to see them bring these characters to life.”

Jo Joyner comments: “I’m really looking forward to working on this gripping thriller for Channel 5. It is really great to be working with Gaumont, an almost exclusively female team and I feel this is reflected in the brilliant scripts. There is such a contradiction with the character of Laura, so focused and organised in her work life and yet chaotic and insecure with her home life. I feel it really resonates. I am so looking forward to working with Rachel Shenton and for us to bring these two flawed women to the screen.”

On the new addition to Channel 5’s drama slate, Paul Testar comments: “I’m so excited that we are working with the esteemed teams at Gaumont and Banijay Rights to bring this gripping psychological thriller to the Channel 5 audience. With such a strong script and an outstanding cast led by Jo Joyner and Rachel Shenton, fans of Channel 5 thrillers will love sinking their teeth into this.’

Rachel Shenton adds: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of Under her Skin. Jo Rogers has created such a dark and compelling story that has two women at its centre, I loved it and couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to bring Emily to life – She’s wild. ”

Under Her Skin is set to air on Channel 5 in 2023.


Pippa Considine

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