Fargo and The Punisher Dearbhla Walsh is to direct Channel 4’s period espionage epic Jerusalem. Walsh is to make her first return to British television in three years, since directing Richard Curtis’ Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman-fronted adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot for the BBC.
In addition to her work on the Netflix Marvel drama and two episodes of season three of the FX thriller, she directed Amazon’s French fashion drama The Collection and Showtime/Sky co-pro Penny Dreadful.
Jerusalem stars Shape of Water and Call Me By Your Name’s Michael Stuhlbarg, Friday Night Light’s Matt Lauria, The End of the F***ing World’s Emma Appleton and A Streetcat Named Bob actor Luke Treadaway.
The six-part series, which was created and written by Masters of Sex and Boardwalk Empire writer Bash Doran, is set in the aftermath of WWII, when Britain was struggling to define itself in a new world order.
Appleton plays Feef Symonds, a bold and ambitious 20-something woman who joins the Civil Service in 1945, just as Attlee’s Labour party sweeps to victory, while Lauria stars as her American lover Peter and Stuhlbarg plays fellow American and zealot Rowe.
Feef agrees to spy on her own government for the Americans, who are determined to make sure England’s burgeoning Socialist ambitions don’t play into Soviet hands. Struggling to work out what she stands for, and what she’s capable of, Feef must learn to think for herself and play by her own rules at a time when knowledge becomes power and nothing and no one is what they seem. Hawes plays Feef’s exacting boss at the civil service, while Treadaway stars as a newly elected Labour MP.
All3Media international are co-funding, while Rory Aitken, Eleanor Moran, Emma Willis and Tim Carter are exec producing alongside Josh Varney and Ben Pugh as co-executive producers.
Walsh is represented by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates and CAA.