White Heat is coming soon …

17 Feb

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Paula Milne’s new drama, White Heat, in which Jeremy Northam plays Edward (father of Sam Claflin’s character) will begin on 8 March, BBC 2, and will be previewed on The Review Show, BBC2, 2 March, 23.00.

The BBC Press Office have provided an outline for the first episode (don’t worry, no major spoilers):

Episode One, The Past Is A Foreign Country. Charlotte, an attractive woman in her 60s, arrives at a flat in Tufnell Park.

As a young woman she was one of seven students who lived in the flat, where one of them has recently passed away. Charlotte has been made executor of the will and the remaining five are due to arrive to help her sort through the flat.

As Charlotte starts work, old memories are ignited which return us to 1965, where we meet her as a 19-year-old undergraduate embarking on a journey of discovery, love and life.

We also meet the six other students at he moment they move into the Tufnell Park flat. Charlotte, Lilly, Alan, Jay, Orla, Victor and Jack are full of youthful expectation, forging intense friendships and – in some cases – becoming bitter adversaries, in these first months of living together.

It’s the end of the post-war era, Winston Churchill has died and the world is changing rapidly, particularly for the girls with the arrival of the contraceptive pill. Charlotte and art student Lilly find the strength to defy their parents and fight for the futures they want, but Orla from Belfast is weighed down by the duty that she feels towards her impoverished family in Northern Ireland.

For all the flatmates, mutual and unrequited attractions segue into heady and potentially damaging sexual adventures, planting the seeds of future deceptions.

Finding their feet in a world where none of the old values apply is both empowering and daunting and it becomes clear that the decisions they make during these early months together will change the course of their lives. Charlotte finds herself irrevocably drawn to the volatile and charismatic Jack, a rebel angrily seeking a cause.

As we return to 2012 the older Charlotte is joined at the flat by one of the former flatmates. A bitter betrayal clearly took place between them in the past, and as a third flatmate arrives the complex history between them becomes painfully evident.

Cast: Charlotte (present day) played by Juliet Stevenson, Charlotte (1965-1990) played by Claire Foy, Jack played by Sam Claflin, Lily played by MyAnna Buring, Jay played by Reece Ritchie, Alan played by Lee Ingleby, Victor played by David Gyasi and Orla played by Jessica Gunning.

The first episode recently screened at the BFI to a very positive reception, the BBC tell me.

Here’s Paula Milne to introduce the series:

And an interview with Sam Claflin, featuring a scene with Jeremy Northam (contains strong language).

Interview with Sam Claflin who plays Jack in Wh…, posted with vodpod

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9 Responses to “White Heat is coming soon …”

  1. Jillian February 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Can’t wait. Sounds right up my alley and it doesn’t hurt that Mr. Northam is in it.

  2. skippyqsb February 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    YEAH! Finally an air date. Can’t wait.

    *skips around*
    The dry spell is over! The dry spell is over! The dry spell is over!

  3. Julia A Fleming February 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    when will Jer join the cast, is he in all the episodes??

    • Gill Fraser Lee February 20, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      I’m afraid I don’t know just yet. I will be giving you more details when I have them.

      • Julia A Fleming February 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

        Fantastic pls keep us posted re when Jer joins cast, looking forward :) all the best to all of the cast I live in Islington so am well familiar with Tufnell Park !!

  4. Joan March 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    White Heat is available for pre-order at Amazon UK now for shipment on April 16…

    • Julia A Fleming March 2, 2012 at 8:21 am #

      fantastic ! looking forward thanks for info

      • Julia A Fleming March 8, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

        Enjoyed white heat, altho Jer’s appearance was somewhat brief !!
        Will definately be watching next week, students living in grotty houses takes me back afew years…nostalgic !

  5. Kim June 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    I hope it comes to the US soon! I would to see more things with Jeremy Northam. The new show looks really interesting, as well.

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