Category: TV Drama
Notes to Editors: Updated release issued on 10 March 2006.
Jimmy McGovern, one of British television's most prolific and influential writing talents, returns to BBC ONE with The Street, a major new drama series starring Jim Broadbent, Jane Horrocks, Sue Johnston and Timothy Spall.
The critically-acclaimed writer of Cracker, Hillsborough, Sunday, Liam and award-winning film Priest marks a return to BBC ONE for the first time since The Lakes.
Lucy Richer and John Yorke, joint Head of BBC Independent Drama, say: "The Street is BBC ONE's ambitious drama series featuring stories which are embedded in how we live. Modern, truthful, warm and fresh - this is Jimmy McGovern at his best."
Set in the North of England, each episode concentrates on a different house in the street; each story is unique and individual but linked by community, shared experience and an indomitable sense of humour.
In the opening episode, Jane Horrocks plays Angela Quinn, a mother of three, whose 15-year marriage to builder Arthur (Daniel Ryan) is growing stale.
An affair with her neighbour provides much-needed excitement - until Angela's world is turned upside down by events which leave her locked in warfare with her lover.
In episode two, Stan (Jim Broadbent) finds himself forced out of his beloved work three weeks short of his 65th birthday.
To the despair of his forthright wife Brenda (Sue Johnston), he turns to contemplation of the meaning of life, and decides he is surplus to requirements - until in a bittersweet twist, tragedy next door offers him a glimmer of hope for the future...
Jimmy McGovern says: "Lives and loves from the backstreets are the stories I am trying to tell. Behind every door in every street there's a story.
"There may be poverty, crime, drugs and violence, but there's also laughter and love. And that's what I'm doing: telling love stories."
There are mothers and daughters; fathers and sons; a wife and her lover; a husband and wife falling in love all over again 40 years on; an unexpected friendship that turns the life of an ordinary taxi driver upside down; and two sisters, long at war, drawn back together by the breakdown of a marriage.
Love stories as unexpected, messy and exuberant as real life.
The cast includes Timothy Spall as taxi-driver Eddie; Neil Dudgeon as teacher, Brian; and Christine Bottomley as sparky Yvonne, who is married to the dangerous, mercurial Sean, played by Lee Ingleby.
Shaun Dooley is Peter Harper, Angela's neighbour and lover, and Liz White plays his unknowing wife, Eileen.
A Granada production for BBC ONE, the producer is Ken Horn and executive producers are Sita Williams (Granada), John Yorke and Lucy Richer (BBC).
The Street, directed by David Blair (The Lakes, Anna Karenina) and Terry McDonough, began filming in October for five months for transmission in Spring 2006.