The hard-hitting drama promises to expose the sordid dealings that makes ‘doing money’ so lucrative.
Here’s everything we know about the upcoming BBC2 drama…
When does it start?
While no specific date or time has been finalised by BBC 2, the programme was ordered back in August – suggesting an Autumn or Winter air-date.
The fact-based drama has a 90-minute run-time as a feature-length, one-off programme.
What’s Doing Money about?
The drama follows the heart-breaking and compelling story of Ana, a young Romanian woman living in London who is snatched on the street in broad daylight. Ana is then plunged into the world of sex slavery after she is trafficked to Ireland and put to work in a series of ‘pop-up’ brothels.
Ana’s tale, based on a true story, is presented to viewers as a thought-provoking thriller which aims to explore how this sort of modern slavery often hides in plain sight, with the difficulty in policing it resulting in few prosecutions in this field.
Speaking about the new drama, executive producer Alex Cooke explained, “We hope telling Ana’s story will give a voice to those women who are too often invisible to the people around them.
“I’m delighted we have such a brilliant international cast who gave remarkable performances to bring this insidious and captivating story of modern day slavery to life.”
Controller of BBC2 Patrick Holland, who commissioned the drama, added, “I’m delighted we have such a brilliant international cast who gave remarkable performances to bring this insidious and captivating story of modern day slavery to life.”
Who’s in the cast of Doing Money?
The role of Ana will be played by Romanian actor Anca Dumitra, who has previously appeared in French-language film The Childhood of Icarus and short film Bones for Otta, where she plays a prostitute who strikes up an unlikely friendship with an opera singer.
She is joined by Allan Leech, who viewers may remember as Tom Branson from the much-missed Downton Abbey. The part is a departure from his more recent period drama roles, which saw him previously play Francis Dereham in The Tudors.
The cast also includes Tom Glynn-Carney, who starred in Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk, Romanian actor Alec Sercareanu who fans may have seen in 2017 film God’s Own Country, and Karen Hassan, who starred in The Fall.
She is joined by director Lynsey Miller, who’s best known for BBC’s touching one-off drama The Boy with the Topknot, which documented the critically acclaimed memoirs of British journalist Sathnam Sanghera.
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