By - a new drama for BBC ONE
you ever ignored someone in distress because you don't want to get
Marchant (The Knight's Tale, Holding On, Crime and Punishment) has
created a new drama for BBC ONE.
By stars James Nesbitt, Siobhan Finneran and Emily Bruni and begins
filming on 8 September.
Passer By James Nesbitt plays radiographer Joe Keyes. Late one night
he is travelling home by train when he sees a young girl, Alice
(Emily Bruni) being chatted up by two men.
the banter becomes threatening Joe is unsure whether or not to intervene.
he reaches his station he glances across at Alice who seems to be
appealing for his help.
he faces a dilemma. Should he stay on the train and get involved
or get off and go home?
chooses home. His actions result in terrible consequences for Alice,
his wife Helen (Siobhan Finneran) and his two children – but
most of all for his sense of identity.
Tony Marchant says: "A man makes a fateful decision that systematically
takes apart his authority as a husband, a father and a man. It's
ultimately about how hard it is to be good and do the right thing."
David Morrissey says: "Having worked with Tony and David [David
Snodin, the producer] before as an actor on two very successful
productions - Into The Fire and Holding On - I'm delighted to be
on the other side of the camera with them for this truly exciting
Mackie, Head of Drama Serials, says: "Tony's script is an honest
and intimate portrayal of a man's inner emotions.
again Tony has delivered a drama that we can all identify with –
what is the contract between strangers? Do you get involved or leave
By is directed by David Morrissey (Sweet Revenge) and is produced
by David Snodin (Crime and Punishment, Real Men).
Executive producer is Laura Mackie. The drama re-unites Snodin,
Marchant and Morrissey who worked together on Holding On and Into
The Knight's Tale is one of BBC ONE's Canterbury Tales and transmits
on 25 September.
Marchant's hard-hitting drama Birthright (working title) about the
fertility industry is currently in development for BBC ONE.
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