BBC3 looks like it is going out with a bang.
Filming will start this week on Thirteen, a new five-part drama series about a young (fictional) woman called Ivy Moxham who is released from a cellar after 13 years in captivity.
If all goes to plan it will be the last drama on the youth channel before it moves online in January, subject to final approval by the BBC Trust (although the Corporation was unable to confirm timings).
Ivy, RadioTimes.com can reveal, will be played by Jodie Comer, an actress perhaps best known as Chloe in E4’s coming-of-age series My Mad Fat Diary (see below).
She will be joined by Aneurin Barnard (main image) playing Tim Hobson, Ivy’s boyfriend and one of the people helping her rehabilitate herself as she re-enters society.
The drama also stars Richard Rankin (From Darkness), Valene Kane (The Fall, ‘71), Natasha Little (Wolf Hall), Stuart Graham (Our World War, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Joe Layton (Tatau), Katherine Rose Morley (Last Tango in Halifax), Eleanor Wyld (Misfits), Ariyon Bakare (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell) and Nicholas Farrell (Chariots of Fire, Bloody Sunday).
Thirteen is penned by Marnie Dickens, a young scriptwriter whose credits include Hollyoaks, Ripper Street and The Musketeers.
Dickens said: “The characters of Thirteen have been in my head for a long time. To now see such an incredible cast bringing them to life is just brilliant.”
Jodie Comer added: “I am beyond excited to be working with the BBC as part of the cast of Thirteen. Marnie Dickens’ writing is truly remarkable and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring Ivy to life. Imagine the most unimaginable happening. Life turning completely on its head, with the actions of one person affecting so many lives. We as humans, even though we doubt ourselves, have this amazing strength within us to cope in the most terrifying situations, and Marnie explores that so beautifully.”
Before Thirteen airs, Barnard, the Welsh star of The White Queen (as Richard III) and Cilla (as her husband Bobby Willis), can be seen in BBC2’s new saucy period film The Scandalous Lady W.
He plays the lover of the eponymous heroine, Natalie Dormer’s Lady Seymour Worsley, in the drama which is due to air on BBC2 next month.