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Pauline Quirke, Warren Clarke, Angela Griffin and Ian Kelsey star in a new series of Down To Earth for BBC ONE

Ian Kelsey (Casualty and Emmerdale) and Angela Griffin (Holby City and Cutting It) are to star in the new series of Down To Earth, with Pauline Quirke and Warren Clarke, which returns to BBC ONE early next year.

The third series opens with a glorious family wedding at Silverdale in the picturesque Devonshire valley.

Brian (Warren Clarke) and Faith (Pauline Quirke) Addis have realised their "country life" dream and are content and proud on the occasion of their son's marriage.

The arrival from London of Brian's cousin Matt Brewer (Ian Kelsey), his new wife Frankie (Angela Griffin) and her three step children heralds a new and exciting phase for the village.

Matt Brewer gets an unexpected opportunity to run his own business in Devon. This has always been a dream of his and against all odds, he persuades his new wife to go with him. So the onus is on him to make things work.

Frankie struggles with her new life and identity but resolves to make a go of things. However, juggling life as a step mother, a wife and a market gardener takes strength of character and some getting used to!

Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, says: "We are very pleased to see Warren Clarke and Pauline Quirke return in Down to Earth and are delighted to have the combined talents of Ian Kelsey and Angela Griffin adding refreshing vitality to this popular and heart warming family drama for Sunday nights on BBC ONE."

Executive Producer, Mervyn Watson, says: "The leap from city to country does not mean leaving reality behind. Matt and Frankie's problems and kids come with them.

"This series reflects contemporary life sharply and humorously. You try taking a pig's temperature!"

Down To Earth is currently filming on location in London and Devon.

The producer is Rosemarie Whitman and the directors are Juliet May (episodes 1 & 2); Frank Smith (3 & 4); Mike Cocker (5 & 6); and Rob Evans (7 & 8). The executive producer is Mervyn Watson.

Down To Earth is a Whistling Gypsy production in association with BBC ONE.



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