Channel 5 has announced the commission of new drama, The Au Pair.

The new 4 x 60’ series is a co-production between Pernel Media and the Irish company MK1 Studios produced in association with ITV Studios,.

The series stars Sir David Suchet (Poirot), Sally Bretton (Beyond Paradise, Not Going Out), Kenny Doughty (Vera, Stella) and in her British television debut, Ludmilla Makowski (Anthracite, Lupin).

The Au Pair follows Zoe Dalton (Sally Bretton), who seems to have it all— a successful husband Chris (Kenny Doughty), two adorable stepchildren, Amber and Noah, a thriving tailoring business and a gorgeous countryside home in a picturesque English town. However, all is not as it seems as she experiences marital issues and pressure mounts when her diabetic father, George (David Suchet), moves in next door. Zoe reluctantly agrees to hire an Au Pair; in comes Sandrine (Ludmilla Makowski), a beguiling young French woman which triggers an unsettling shift in the household, as instincts and suspicions arise, hinting at hidden agendas and long-concealed truths.

Sebastian Cardwell, Deputy Chief Content Officer, Channel 5, commented: “This is a truly international collaboration and we’re delighted to be working with Pernel Media for the first time on this gripping new drama. We can’t wait to see this amazing cast bring this thrilling story to life!”

Samuel Kissous, President and Executive Producer for Pernel Media, adds:  “Pernel Media is very excited to have secured its first English-speaking drama series commission in the UK with Channel 5 on such a high-quality series – offering a smart storyline, premium production value and a stellar cast. This series highlights Pernel Media’s ability to bring international partners such as ITV Studios, CANAL+ Group and MK1 Studios together in order to deliver world-class drama.”

Julie Ryan, Managing Director and Executive Producer for MK1, added: “We’re excited to collaborate with Pernel Media and Channel 5 on “The Au Pair”. This series, centering around a strong female narrative, promises to captivate and intrigue viewers with its exceptional cast. We believe the blend of suspense, emotional depth and stellar performances will make the show a must-watch.

The 4 x 60’ series’ is produced by Pernel Media and MK1 Studios, in association with ITV Studios. The series was ordered by Sebastian Cardwell, Deputy Chief Content Officer, Channel 5 and Paul Testar, Commissioning Editor, Drama, Channel 5, who will Executive Produce for Channel 5. The Executive Producer for Pernel Media is Samuel Kissous, with Julie Ryan Executive producing for MK1. The Au Pair is Series Produced by Cormac Fox (Animals) and Directed by Oonagh Kearney (Vardy V Rooney).  The series is being written by Michael Foott (Desperate Measures) and Andy Bayliss (The Good Ship Murder). ITV Studios will handle worldwide distribution of the series. CANAL+ Group has pre-bought the rights for the series in France.

Jon Creamer

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