drama from award winning team announced by BBC Scotland
star studded cast has been signed up to star in a new BBC Scotland
drama from BAFTA award winning team, writer Donna Franceschild and
director David Blair.
Key is a Little Bird production in association with Making Waves
for BBC Scotland.
director David Blair (Anna Karenina, Donovan Quick, The Lakes, Takin
Over the Asylum) will direct and producer Sue Austen (NCS, Donovan
Quick, Vicious Circle) will produce the series.
nine week shoot begins on Sunday 29 September with filming taking
place on location in Glasgow and surrounding areas.
drama, told in fractured time, tells the stories of Mary Corrigan
(Dawn Steele/June Watson), her grandaughters, Maggie (Ronni Ancona)
and Jessie (Frances Grey) and of three generations of Mary's Clydeside
the lives and experiences of Mary and her family, The Key looks
back on the political and social history of the twentieth century
from the perspective of those who lived it at the sharp end.
Key will include reference to major political milestones in Britain
throughout the last century, from Bloody Friday, when thousands
of workers, gathering in Glasgow's George Square in 1919 to demand
a forty hour week, were attacked by mounted police, to the chaos
and violence of the Orgreave Miners strike in 1984.
of reconstruction and archive film will be used within the drama
to illustrate these periods as well as specific visual styles to
reflect the changing influences of the different eras.
Donna Franceschild (Donovan Quick, Eureka Street, A Mug's Game,
Takin Over the Asylum) explains the reason for writing about the
political turbulence of the twentieth century: "I was fascinated
by the idea that on every life that has ever been lived, every family
that has ever been created, is written the history of their time
and of their generation's struggle.
tend to forget that so much that we now take for granted - votes
for women, the abolition of child labour, health and safety legislation
at work - were fought for and hard won.
live in cynical times and it's easy to become jaded by the machinations
of power and politics.
wrote The Key to try and remind us that, though we are shaped by
our history, sometimes the reverse is also true."
about the project, producer Sue Austen says: "This is a wonderfully
crafted story which, through the lives of an ordinary family, charts
the rise of the trade unionist movement in the early part of the
twentieth century, the destruction of the unions in the eighties
and the birth of new labour in the nineties.
delighted to have such a high calibre cast on board who will do
these emotionally-charged characters justice."
McKissack, BBC Scotland's Head of Drama and Executive Producer
for BBC Scotland on The Key adds: "It's exciting to be working
with such a talented and inspiring team both on and off the screen.
has written an immensely powerful drama which brings this compelling
struggle and family tale to life. I'm delighted to be expanding
our existing drama slate to add such an important piece. "
ensemble cast, lined up to feature in The Key includes: Ronni Ancona
(Alistair McGowan's Big Impression), Frances Grey (Messiah, Murder
in Mind, Vanity Fair), Stephen McCole (Band of Brothers, Last Orders,
The Acid House), Kevin McKidd (Dog Soldiers, Anna Karenina, Trainspotting),
Katy Murphy (Donovan Quick,Fish, Tutti Frutti), Ann Louise Ross
(Split Second, Life Support, Looking After Jo Jo) John Sessions
(Gangs of New York, Gormenghast, Tom Jones ), Dawn Steele (Monarch
of the Glen, Tinsel Town, Tabloid TV), Ewan Stewart (Real Men,Titanic,Looking
After Jo Jo), Ken Stott (The Vice, Messiah) and June Watson (Inspector
Linley Mysteries, In the Land of Plenty).
Executive Producers on The Key are Barbara McKissack and Pippa Harris
for BBC, Jonathan Cavendish for Little Bird and Donna Franceschild
for Making Waves.