Sean Bean has been set to lead the cast of Broken, a six-part BBC One drama created by Jimmy McGovern. This marks a reteam for Bean and McGovern after the former starred in McGovern’s series Accused in 2012 and scored a Best Actor BAFTA TV Award nomination. In Broken, Bean will play Father Michael Kerrigan, a Catholic priest presiding over a Northern urban parish. Modern and maverick, yet flawed, Father Michael, like his congretation, struggles to reconcile his beliefs with the hypocrisies demanded by contemporary Britain. LA Productions is making the series for BBC One. Colin McKeown and Donna Molloy are producing for LA. Bean will exec produce as will Lucy Richer for the BBC. Bean also stars in ITV and A&E’s The Frankenstein Chronicles and is coming up in feature thriller Drone.
Written by Mr Selfridge‘s Dan Sefton, Sky’s four-part event drama, Delicious, has rounded out its cast. Joining comedienne Dawn French are Emilia Fox (The Tunnel), Iain Glen (Game Of Thrones) and Sheila Hancock (The Boy In The Striped Pajamas). Fox and French play two women who go head-to-head after being betrayed by the same man. Endemol Shine Group’s Bandit Television is producing for Sky 1. French is passionate cook Gina, who was once married to Leo (Glen), a successful entrepreneur, chef and hotel owner in Cornwall. Leo owes much of his success to Gina’s exceptional cooking, but while he’s left her for the glamorous Sam (Fox), his business continues to thrive. When Sam suspects Leo is having an affair, she confides in Gina — only to later discover that it’s Gina herself who is the other woman. Phillippa Giles is exec producer for Bandit and Anna Ferguson for Sky. Endemol Shine International is handling world rights. This is part of a Sky’s large upcoming drama slate which includes the epic Roman invasion event series Britannia on which it is partnered with Amazon.
Keshet International has closed deals for BBC One drama The A Word with Canada’s CBC and Australia’s BBC First. This follows the recent announcement at TCA that SundanceTV has committed to the second season. The first is currently airing in the U.S. Season 2 was greenlit by BBC One after S1 attracted a consolidated average audience of 5.5M and a 22 share. Morven Christie and Lee Ingleby star in the story of the Hughes family whose youngest son is diagnosed with autism. Further deals have been closed with Finland’s YLE, Iceland’s RUV, Croatia’s HRT and Slovenia’s RTV. It will also air on Israel’s YES. A local format deal was recently sealed with Greek broadcaster Alpha TV. Based on Keshet’s original series Yellow Peppers, The A Word is a co-production of Fifty Fathoms and Keshet UK.