Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey, The Crimson Field, Unforgiven) will take the title role in exciting upcoming drama series, Doctor Foster, produced by Drama Republic for BBC One.
Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Babylon) will play her husband Simon Foster. Robert Pugh, Adam James and Jodie Comer will also star in the drama.
The series is written by award-winning writer Mike Bartlett (King Charles III, The Town, Chariots of Fire) and directed by Tom Vaughan (Poirot, Starter for Ten) .
Suranne Jones said: “I am thrilled to be working with the Drama Republic team as The Honourable Woman was one of my favourite programmes from last year. I loved Mike Bartlett’s work before, King Charles III was really stunning, and now I have this wonderful script that deals with very ‘human’ issues from marriage, motherhood, family, loyalty, pride, betrayal, and the very delicate subject of age. I am also so excited to be working with Bertie and for Tom Vaughan to bring it all to life. It’s about looking at one woman’s story and asking, what if that was me? What would I do in that situation? And the age old question of why? I am very much looking forward to telling Gemma Foster’s story. ’’
Bertie Carvel added “Mike Bartlett is one of our most exciting and refreshing dramatists so I am extremely excited to be joining the team that will bring his newest story to life.”
Matthew Read, BBC Executive Producer, said: “Mike’s scripts manage to feel incredibly rich and human at the same time as keeping a vice like grip on the reader. It’s a testament to the strength of his writing that Drama Republic have been able to attract such strong talent both in front and behind the camera.”
Roanna Benn, Managing Director and executive producer, Drama Republic said: “The combination of Suranne and Bertie, two stunningly talented, visceral and complex actors, as wife and husband in Mike Bartlett’s new drama is a dream team for all of us at Drama Republic.”
Doctor Foster is a 5×60-minute serial produced by Drama Republic for BBC One, written by Mike Bartlett, directed by Tom Vaughan and produced by Grainne Marmion. The executive producers are Roanna Benn, Greg Brenman and Jude Liknaitzky for Drama Republic and Matthew Read for the BBC. Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One, and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning.