"Marchlands is the gripping story of three different families living in the same house in the 1960’s, 1980’s and present day. The families are linked by the spirit of a young girl – the 1960’s family’s daughter who died in mysterious circumstances. It’s a brand new five-part drama from ITV Studios written for ITV by Stephen Greenhorn (Glasgow Kiss, Doctor Who).
Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, Hope Springs, ER) and Jodie Whittaker (Cranford, Wired, Venus) will star alongside Dean Andrews (Ashes to Ashes, Life on Mars), Shelley Conn (Strike Back, Mistresses), Anne Reid (Upstairs, Downstairs, Five Days), Elliot Cowan (The Fixer, Lost in Austen), Denis Lawson (Criminal Justice, The Passion), Jamie Thomas King (Mad Men, The Tudors) and Tessa Peake-Jones (Only Fools and Horses).
ITVS Senior Executive Kate Lewis and Creative Director of Drama, Kate Bartlett are the executive producers, along with Stephen Greenhorn. The 5 x 60 min series is directed by James Kent (The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister, Margaret) and produced by Chrissy Skinns (Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Auf Wiedersehen Pet). It was filmed on location around London.
The drama has been commissioned by ITV’s drama commissioning team Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes. Marchlands, previously named The Oaks, is the first commission to come from the creative collaboration between ITVS and Twentieth Century Fox. The drama is based on an original US pilot from David Schulner.
“Marchlands is a really original concept that blends relationship drama with an atmospheric ghost story,” said Laura. “Stephen’s scripts are compellingly written and this is a very distinctive drama to add to our slate.”
“This is a strongly authored, ambitious piece and we’re thrilled to have such an exciting and talented cast on board,” said Kate Lewis, Executive Producer.
Marchlands marks the first commission to come from the creative collaboration between ITV & Twentieth Century Fox.