Kaya Scodelario, Joe Dempsie, Rory Kinnear, Eddie Marsan to star in C4 drama Southcliffe

Four-parter about a small-town shooting to be Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin's first UK television work

Skins stars Joe Dempsie and Kaya Scodelario, Black Mirror’s Rory Kinnear and acclaimed actor Eddie Marsan (Vera Drake, Tyrannosaur) are among a strong cast that’s been announced for new Channel 4 drama Southcliffe.


The four-parter, to be shown next year, explores the fallout from a series of shootings that take place in a single day in a fictional English market town.

Bafta-winning actress Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting, Anna Karenina) is also in the drama’s ensemble cast, along with Sean Harris (Prometheus), Anatol Yusef (Boardwalk Empire) and Nichola Burley (Wuthering Heights).

Southcliffe is written by Tony Grisoni (Red Riding), produced by Derrin Schlesinger (Four Lions) for Warp Films, and will be the first UK television project for Sean Durkin, director of the 2011 independent US film Martha Marcy May Marlene.

“Southcliffe is a fictional market town inhabited by fictional characters, but with similarities to many actual people and places in Britain today,” Grisoni said. “Invisible people, anonymous places. The inexplicable chain of events at the dark heart of this four-part drama shatters time and space for Southcliffe’s inhabitants. Violence and sudden bereavement confronts them with emotions they are unequipped to understand. Rather than analyse or moralise about our characters’ actions, we share in them. Southcliffe is an anthem to ordinary people’s ability to reinvent themselves in the face of ultimate darkness.”


Channel 4 head of drama Piers Wenger added: “Tony Grisoni’s unique ability to convey the darkness and subtleties of human behaviour is in full evidence in these four brilliant scripts, and I’m delighted that Warp Films and Tony have found a world class director like Sean Durkin to bring them to life.”