BBC One's brand-new drama Sherwood kicks off very soon and promises to be a shocking true-crime thriller.


The series, which is written by Quiz writer James Graham, has a stacked cast full of British acting royalty, and is billed as a compelling drama that explores "the frayed social and political fabric of modern-day, post-Brexit Britain".

David Morrissey, Robert Glenister and Lesley Manville lead the series cast, alongside Liar and Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt and Alun Armstrong.

The limited series is set in a Nottinghamshire mining village (the same area where writer James Graham grew up) and is inspired by real events. It sees Morrissey's detective Ian St Clair investigating after two shocking and unexpected killings shatter an already fractured community.

Read on for everything you need to know about Sherwood.

When is Sherwood airing on BBC One?

Leslie Manville and Claire Rushbrook in Sherwood.
Lesley Manville and Claire Rushbrook in Sherwood. House Productions / Matt Squire / BBC

Sherwood will begin on 13th June 2022 on BBC One and iPlayer.

The series will air on Mondays and Tuesdays at 9pm across three weeks.

What is Sherwood about?

The official synopsis for the series says: "Inspired in part by real events, set in a Nottinghamshire mining village at the heart of Sherwood lie two shocking and unexpected killings that shatter an already fractured community and spark a massive manhunt.

"As suspicion and antipathy build - both between lifelong neighbours and towards the police forces who descend on the town - the tragic killings threaten to inflame historic divisions sparked during the miners' strike three decades before.

"Sherwood is at once a compelling, contemporary crime drama that explores for the first time the controversial deployment of so-called ‘spycops’ around Britain, and a distinctly human story of a community forced to re-examine the terrible events of decades ago, for which it still bears the scars."

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Sherwood cast

Adeel Akhtar in Sherwood.
Adeel Akhtar in Sherwood. House Productions / Matt Squire / BBC

David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) plays DCS Ian St Clair, who is tasked with finding the link between a spate of killings in Nottinghamshire. It's a mission that's further complicated when he's paired with former rival from the Metropolitan Police, DI Kevin Salisbury (Hustle and Spooks actor Robert Glenister).

Meanwhile Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt plays Sarah, who's engaged to marry Bally Gill's Neel. She has a difficult relationship with her future father-in-law, played by Sweet Tooth's Adeel Akhtar.

Rounding out the cast are Alun Armstrong (Breeders), Philip Jackson (Raised by Wolves), Lesley Manville (The Crown) and Lorraine Ashbourne (Bridgerton) and Claire Rushbrook (Enola Holmes), who play the inhabitants of the mining town.

Here's a full list of everyone whose been announced for the cast of Sherwood so far:

  • David Morrissey as DCS Ian St Clair
  • Robert Glenister as DI Kevin Salisbury
  • Alun Armstrong as Gary Jackson
  • Lesley Manville as Julie Jackson
  • Philip Jackson as Mickey Sparrow
  • Lorraine Ashbourne as Daphne Sparrow
  • Perry Fitzpatrick as Rory
  • Claire Rushbrook as Cathy Rowley
  • Kevin Doyle as Fred Rowley
  • Adam Hugill as Scott
  • Adeel Akhtar as Andy Fisher
  • Bally Gill as Neel
  • Joanne Froggatt as Sarah
  • Stephen Tompkinson as Warnock

Is there a trailer for Sherwood?

There is! A trailer has recently been released for the series which shows off the whole cast, with plenty of drama, tears and suspense already on display.

Sherwood will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our TV Guide or visit our dedicated Drama hub for the latest news.


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