Claire Goose and Matt Bardock lead the cast of a new BBC One drama, The Coroner

I am incredibly excited and proud to be working on this new drama. I can’t wait to be in Devon over the next few months - it’s such a beautiful place, even more so at this time of the year.Claire Goose
Date: 17.04.2015     Last updated: 17.04.2015 at 15.04
BBC One has today (Friday 17 April) announced that Claire Goose and Matt Bardock will lead the cast of a new daytime drama, The Coroner.

Claire Goose (Casualty & Waking The Dead) will play Jane, the Coroner, and Matt Bardock (Casualty) will play Davey, the local Detective Sergeant. They will be joined by Grace Hogg-Robinson (Birdhouse) who will play Beth, the Coroner’s daughter; Oliver Gomm who will play Clint, the Coroner’s Officer; Beatie Edney (Poldark) who will play Judith, Jane’s Mother; and Ivan Kaye (Layer Cake & Eastenders), who will play Mick, the pub landlord.

The Coroner follows Jane, a high flying solicitor, who after another failed relationship, returns to the small seaside town she escaped as a teenager to take up the post of Coroner. She finds herself forced to work with Davey, the boy who broke her heart and is now local Detective Sergeant.

Jane is the advocate for the dead. Investigating any sudden, violent or unexplained deaths in the fictional world of Lighthaven, based on Salcombe, in the beautiful South Hams of Devon. Together, Jane and Davey work for justice on a new story in each episode.

Claire Goose says: “I am incredibly excited and proud to be working on this new drama. I can’t wait to be in Devon over the next few months – it’s such a beautiful place, even more so at this time of the year.”

Will Trotter, Head of Daytime Drama and Executive Producer of The Coroner, says: “We have created a real gem of a drama series with The Coroner and it’s a reflection on the immense creative talent that exists at the BBC Birmingham Drama Village.

"I am thrilled that Claire and Matt are leading the cast, I just hope viewers share my enthusiasm for the drama and it becomes an appointment to view for them.”

Liam Keelan, Director of Scripted, BBC Worldwide, says: “BBC Birmingham have a great track record in producing quality returnable drama such as Father Brown and Land Girls.

"With the writing talent of Sally Abbott and a great on-screen cast including Claire Goose, The Coroner is a very exciting prospect for BBC Worldwide to help realise”.

Produced and commissioned by the award winning BBC Birmingham Drama Village (Doctors, Father Brown and WPC 56), in collaboration with BBC Worldwide and directed by Ian Barber, Matt Carter and Niall Fraser. The Coroner has been created and written by Sally Abbott. (Additional writers: Ann Marie Di Mambro, Al Smith, David Bowker, Dan Muirden, Kit Lambert, Matthew Cooke, Vincent Lund). The Coroner will transmit on BBC One in 2016.

The Coroner will begin filming in mid-April in Totnes, Devon. The Development Producer is Ceri Meyrick. Producer is Sandra Maclver. Series Producer is Sam Hill. Script Producers are Loretta Preece and Neil Irvine.

Notes to Editors

Drama has always been part of the DNA of BBC Birmingham and the Drama Village in Selly Oak, continues this tradition. It produces over 120 hours of drama for BBC One every year, including BBC One’s Doctors; Father Brown, starring Mark Williams – a hit all over the world; the female police drama, WPC56 and our latest commission, The Coroner.

The Drama Village is a gateway for young talent to hone their skills, craft and creativity and is a major factor in the Midlands’s success story. With the fantastic TV and Radio drama programming combined, BBC Birmingham produces over 300 hours of world class drama a year.