Jimmy McGovern’s award-winning series returns to BBC One


Date: 27.07.2012     Last updated: 25.03.2014 at 13.20
Category: BBC One; Drama
Sean Bean, and Stephen Graham are to star in the opening episode of Jimmy McGovern’s award-winning series Accused, which starts on 14 August 2012 on BBC One.

Stellar British actors Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, Lord of The Rings, the eponymous hero of the hit series, Sharpe), Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire, Occupation, This is England) star in the opening episode of Jimmy McGovern’s award-winning series.

Sean Bean plays Simon an English teacher, whose alter ego Tracie’s unconventional quest for love entangles him in a triangular love affair that leads inexorably to a terrible crime of passion. Stephen Graham stars as Tony, a satellite and aerial engineer, and Rachel Leskovac (Coronation Street, Holby City) plays his wife of some 12 years, Karen, who works as a beautician. The episode is written by Shaun Duggan and Jimmy McGovern and is directed by Ashley Pearce.

Episode two stars Anne Marie Duff and Olivia Colman as mother’s trying to do right by their sons and their community. The episode is written by Carol Cullington and Jimmy McGovern, and is directed by David Blair.

Episode three stars John Bishop in his first acting role on BBC One playing Robert Sheehan’s father, Peter. Robert Sheehan plays Stephen who suspects his mother’s palliative care nurse played by Sheridan Smith of serious wrongdoing. Josh Bolt plays Stephen’s younger brother, Dom. The episode is written by Danny Brocklehurst and Jimmy McGovern and directed by David Blair.

Episode four stars award-winning actress Anna Maxwell Martin who stars as Tina Dakin, and John Bishop and Robert Sheehan also feature. The episode is written by Isabelle Grey and Jimmy McGovern. It is directed by Ashley Pearce.

Accused was re-commissioned by BBC One Controller, Danny Cohen, and Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning, and is executive produced for the BBC by Polly Hill, Head of Independent Drama. Sita Williams is the producer and she executive produces with Jimmy McGovern and Roxy Spencer for RSJ Films. The series directors are David Blair (The Street, Accused) and Ashley Pearce (Downton Abbey). The first series shown on BBC One in 2010 scooped two international Emmy Awards last year: Christopher Eccleston won best performance by an actor and Accused won in the best series category.