Sherlock’s Andrew Scott to star in new ITV drama, The Town

The Bafta-winning actor will be part of an ensemble cast including Martin Clunes, Kelly Adams and Julie McKenzie

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Andrew Scott, who recently picked up a Bafta for his performance as Moriarty in BBC1’s Sherlock, is to star in a new ITV1 drama series, The Town. 

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The 35-year-old actor will play Mark, who is called back to his home town of Renton after ten years away by a shocking family incident.

Mark’s relationship with his parents has always been strained, he barely knows his teenage sister and his grandmother (Julia McKenzie) is now living in his old bedroom. 

Meanwhile, he must get reacquainted with old drinking friends Lucy (Kelly Adams), Carly (Aisling Bea), and Jeff (Sam Troughton) as well as come to terms with the fact that his first love Alice (Charlotte Riley) is married with a child. 

Written by Olivier award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett, the three-part series will also feature ITV favourite Martin Clunes as Renton’s troubled, alcoholic mayor. 

The show is to be produced by Big Talk productions, the company that made comedies Rev, Him & Her and Friday Night Dinner.

CEO and series co-executive producer Kenton Allen said “At the heart of The Town will be a family struggling to come to terms with change. It’s also our hope to paint a picture of contemporary Britain through the magnifying glass of an ordinary market town. The story takes place in a landscape familiar to most of the UK.  Most of the population live their lives in a place like Renton.”

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A transmission date for the project is yet to be announced.