Victoria Wood joins BBC One’s Case Histories cast alongside Jason Isaacs

I am a huge fan of Kate Atkinson and couldn't resist the chance to be involved in Case Histories.”Victoria Wood
Date: 02.09.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.13
Category: BBC One; Drama
Celebrated stand-up comic and writer Victoria Wood will star alongside Jason Isaacs in the second series of acclaimed BBC One drama, Case Histories, which started shooting in Edinburgh this week.

Adapted from Kate Atkinson’s compelling novels, three-part drama Case Histories is a Ruby Film and Television production for BBC One through BBC Scotland.

Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets, The Patriot) reprises his role of Jackson Brodie, a complex and compulsive private investigator who attempts to unravel disparate case histories in modern-day Edinburgh.

Victoria Wood (Loving Miss Hatto, Eric & Ernie, Housewife, 49) joins the Case Histories cast for the first of three 90-minute stories, adapted from Atkinson’s novel ‘Started Early, Took My Dog’.

Other cast confirmed for the first episode of the second series include James Cosmo (One Night In Emergency, Braveheart), Gary Lewis (Neds, Billy Elliot, One Night In Emergency) and Maurice Roëves (The Damned United, Hallam Foe, River City). As well as Isaacs, the second series sees the return of Case Histories regulars Amanda Abbington (Open Doors, Being Human), Millie Innes (Single Father) and Zawe Ashton (Misfits).

Victoria Wood is delighted to be part of the cast: "I am a huge fan of Kate Atkinson and couldn't resist the chance to be involved in Case Histories.”

Jason Isaacs adds: “I can't wait to put on the crumpled, witty, self-destructive, noble and naughty skin of Jackson Brodie again and dive into the unique flavour of Kate Atkinson's worlds. Nobody connects the past with the present and the absurd with the heart-wrenching like she does and we all feel excited and lucky to bring another bunch of stories of damage and delight to the screen.”

Case Histories is executive produced by Helen Gregory (Case Histories, No Angels, Never Better), Paul Trijbits (Tamara Drewe, Jane Eyre, Five Minutes Of Heaven) and Jason Isaacs for Ruby Film And Television and Matthew Read (Murder, Wallander, Lip Service) for BBC Scotland.

The three-part drama is produced by Eric Coulter (Taggart, Rebus, High Times) and directed by Kenny Glenaan (Summer, Being Human) and David Richards (The Runaway, Reckless).

The first episode of the new series is written by Peter Harness (Wallander, Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me) with episodes two and three written by Emily Ballou (The Slap) and Debbie O’Malley (Silk, Upstairs Downstairs) respectively.

Further casting for the remaining two episodes will be announced in coming weeks. Case Histories will transmit on BBC One in 2013.

Helen Gregory, Executive Producer for Ruby Film and Television, says: "Ruby Film and Television is delighted to be returning to the very special beauty of Edinburgh, hometown of Kate Atkinson, to film three new feature length Jackson Brodie stories with Jason Isaacs.

“I’m so happy to welcome back returning cast Amanda Abbington, Zawe Ashton and Millie Innes and thrilled that fabulous Victoria Wood joins us as guest lead in episode one, along with our wonderful trio of Gary Lewis, James Cosmo and Maurice Roëves."

Matthew Read, BBC Executive Producer, adds: “It’s incredibly exciting to be welcoming Jason Isaacs back as Jackson Brodie and it’s a testament to Kate Atkinson’s novel and the brilliant adaptation by Peter Harness that it’s brought such a terrific cast to be lining up alongside him for the first of three 90-minute films.”

Case Histories is the latest edition to BBC Scotland’s thriving drama department which is home to Waterloo Road (BBC One), Shetland (BBC One), Field Of Blood (BBC One Scotland) and River City (BBC One Scotland).

Case Histories was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning and Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One.

RM