EXCLUSIVE: James Graham, the writer behind Brexit: the uncivil war and Quiz, returns to his Nottingham roots for a BBC One crime thriller he is directing with House Productions.
The writer writes a six-part series Sherwood, a fictional drama based on real-life events, set in the Nottinghamshire mining village in which Graham grew up. It focuses on two shocking and unexpected murders that wipe out an already fractured community leading to one of the greatest manhunts in British history.
Police inspectors Ian St Clair of the local gendarmerie and Kevin Salisbury of the Metropolitan Police must bury an old rivalry to solve the murders. Suspicion is rife as the dead threaten to ignite historic divisions sparked by the miners’ strike that tore families apart in the 1980s.
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Graham worked with House Productions on the lead role of Emmy nominated Benedict Cumberbatch Brexit: the uncivil war, while it enjoyed audience success last year with ITV / AMC Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? cheat scandal drama Quiz.
Commenting on his latest draft, he said: “There is a lot of talk about the divisions and difficulties in these ‘red wall’ cities, but they are not always understood. I am so honored to be able to tell a fictional story about a very real trauma, but with the humor, heart and resilience of the people I know and love there.
House Productions founders Juliette Howell and Tessa Ross said Sherwood is an ‘extraordinarily powerful drama’, while BBC drama controller Piers Wenger added that it was a ‘heartfelt and purposeful thriller’.
Lewis Arnold (Time, Of) is Senior Director and Executive Producer, while Producer is Rebecca Hodgson (The irregular). Howell, Ross and Harriet Spencer are executive producers for House Productions and Ben Irving will be executive producer for BBC. BBC Studios will distribute the series internationally.
Sherwood shoots later in 2021.