Jessica Raine is swapping the East End for remote and rural Yorkshire in a new period drama for ITV.
The former Call the Midwife actress, who has also starred in Wolf Hall, Fortitude and Line of Duty, is set to lead a new drama following a “community of pioneers, settlers and outcasts” who are building a viaduct in the wilds of the north east.
Raine will play Annie Quaintain, a woman left penniless after her dead husband gambled away everything they owned. Shunned by her former friends and neighbours, Annie and her two teenage children travel to the shantytown of Jericho to rebuild their lives in the shadow of the viaduct.
Annie opens a boarding house for the labourers and begins letting the hardened, rough-handed men into her new home.
Clarke Peters stars as Ralph Coates, the first man Annie meets in Jericho, while Hans Matheson plays dark and handsome Johnny Jackson, her first tenant. Atlantis’ Mark Addy is also joining the drama as gang leader ‘Happy’ Jack Laggan while Daniel Rigby plays Charles Blackwood, the visionary behind the viaduct.
Lorraine Ashbourne, Jeany Spark and Amy James-Kelly also star.
Jericho has been written and created by Steve Thompson who has penned several Doctor Who and Sherlock episodes. It will be directed by Cilla, Mrs Biggs and The Widower’s Paul Whittington.
“We’re delighted to be embarking on the production of Jericho, an epic character driven drama set in the visually striking landscape of a frontier community. We’re also thrilled that we have a wonderful cast with Jessica Raine, Hans Matheson and Clarke Peters in the leading roles,” said executive producer Kate Bartlett.
Jericho will start filming in north Yorkshire later this month