Jeremy Northam in new BBC drama ‘White Heat’

10 Jul

Exciting news today on Jeremy Northam’s next project, a BBC2 drama series for 2012, Paula Milne’s White Heat. Here’s how the BBC describe it:

Sam Claflin (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, United), Claire Foy (Little Dorrit, The Promise), Reece Ritchie (Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, Pete Versus Life), Lee Ingleby (Being Human, Inspector George Gently), MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga, Any Human Heart), David Gyasi (Red Tails, Murderland) and Jessica Gunning (Law & Order UK, Doctor Who) will star in White Heat, a new semi-autobiographical drama series written by award-winning writer Paula Milne (Endgame, Small Island, The Virgin Queen, The Fragile Heart, The Politician’s Wife) and produced by ITV Studios for BBC Two.

Paula Milne says: “Getting the right cast for White Heat was crucial not least because it spans half a century. It means our young cast must age from 18 to early forties when the older cast take over. Our young cast are all riding the crest of their own burgeoning, brilliant careers – like the characters are when we first meet them. It takes more than talent to take us on their epic journey through the decades – it takes insight and extraordinary maturity and they have that too. They all say they are lucky to play such parts. Me, I think we are lucky to have them.”

This ambitious series charts the lives of seven friends from 1965 through to the present day. Their relationships; complex, volatile, life affirming and life changing start when they come together as a diverse group of young students to live as flat mates in London’s Tufnell Park: rebel with a cause Jack (Claflin), intelligent feminist Charlotte (Foy), fragile beauty Lilly (Buring), medical student Jay (Ritchie), electronics enthusiast Alan (Ingleby), law student Victor (Gyasi) and big-hearted Orla (Gunning).

The series follows them over four decades as their lives, loves and destinies are shaped by the political events of each era – from the death of Churchill, the union strife of the Seventies, the ascendancy of Thatcher, the Falklands, Aids, the end of the Cold War to the present day. Their interwoven personal lives played against the backcloth of these crucial events converge to make them the people they are today.

Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning says: “The cream of new British acting talent have been cast to star in Paula Milne’s White Heat, an epic story of our times told through the eyes of seven amazing characters, which will continue BBC Two’s commitment to original drama in 2012.”

Filming will begin next week on location in London. Executive Producers are Kate Bartlett and Paula Milne for ITV Studios and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Elinor Day is Producer and John Alexander (Small Island, Exile) is Director.

White Heat is a truly original piece that continues to signal BBC Two’s confident new direction following the re-birth of drama on the channel, commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, Drama Commissioning, and Janice Hadlow, Channel Controller, BBC Two.

Jeremy will play Edward, an ambitious politician disappointed in his wayward son, played by Sam Claflin. The title of the series should not lead you to associate it with the Warner Bros. gangster film starring James Cagney; in this instance, ‘White Heat’ is taken from a 1963 speech by Harold Wilson (Labour leader at the time).

I’m sure more information will emerge nearer to the broadcast date and I’ll be sure to keep you updated. In the meantime, you may allow yourselves a little happy dance!

by Gill

8 Responses to “Jeremy Northam in new BBC drama ‘White Heat’”

  1. Joan July 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Hooray…..at last we hear of a new project for JN. Sounds like a great part and am looking forward to viewing the series. Here in the US, it’s my thought that it will be shown on PBS in the Masterpiece Theater series sometime in 2012.

  2. bwlass July 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    I’m doing the dance right now!!!

  3. Skippyqsb July 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    Yeah! Can’t wait for this! Hopefully it will show on BBC-America not too long after it airs in UK.

  4. Robyn Wildman July 11, 2011 at 3:15 am #

    Such exciting news. I hope it will air here in the US as well. I think I’ll do some research on acquiring a UK iP address so I can watch on I-player, just in case!

  5. Martina July 11, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    At last! I´m so overjoyed that he finally does what is his vocation! For me there is (at the moment ;-)) no need for further questions like “how big may his part be?, how will he look like?, can I ever receive the series?” If it is true that Mr. J.N. is happiest when he`s working – then what more could we want?
    Thanks so much for the infomation! :-)))))))))

  6. Jules July 12, 2011 at 12:00 am #

    I like the sound of ‘ambitious politician’ – I think Jeremy Northam should make a good fist of that. Thanks for the info Gill.

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