ITV Orders ‘Jericho’ With Jessica Raine, ‘Peter & Wendy’ With Stanley Tucci

ITV has set a handful of new commisions including period series Jericho; Peter Pan update Peter & Wendy; and, for its ITVBe channel, dating format When Do You Get Off?.

The eight-part Jericho will star Call The Midwife and Wolf Hall‘s Jessica Raine, Clarke Peters of The Wire, and The Tudors‘ Hans Matheson.

Set in the 1870s, the ITV Studios drama will focus on the shantytown of Jericho, home to a community that will live, thrive and die in the shadow of the viaduct they’ve been brought together to build. Pioneers, settlers and outcasts, they include people with secrets to hide and those looking to start again. One of the central characters is Annie Quaintain (Raine), who refuses to let tragedy define her. After being disgraced by her husband, she arrives in Jericho with her two children; there she meets Ralph Coates (Peters), a self-styled railway agent skilled at reading people. She also encounters Johnny Jackson (Matheson), also new to Jericho.

Mark Addy (Atlantis), Lorraine Ashbourne (The Syndicate), Amy James-Kelly (Coronation Street), Daniel Rigby (Eric And Ernie) and Jeany Spark (Wallander) also feature.

Jericho is created and written by Steve Thompson (Sherlock, Doctor Who) and exec produced by ITV Studios Director of Drama Kate Bartlett. Lisa Osborne (Little Dorrit) is producer. Production starts this month with ITV Studios Global Entertainment selling international.

tucci stanleyFrom Headline Pictures, Peter & Wendy will feature Stanley Tucci as Captain Hook and Breaking Bad‘s Laura Fraser as Mrs. Darling, each will also play dual roles. Paloma Faith is set to feature as Tinker Bell. The two hour drama will also feature newcomers Zac Sutcliffe and Hazel Doupe as the titular kids. Adrian Hodges (My Week With Marilyn) wrote the script.

Billed as a re-imagining of the J. M. Barrie story, Peter & Wendy takes off from contemporary Great Ormond Street Hospital, where 12-year-old Lucy Rose (Doupe) is awaiting treatment for a serious heart condition. Her mother Julie (Fraser) is distraught with the fear of losing her child, and surgeon Mr. Wylie (Tucci) assures her he’ll do everything in his power to make the operation a success. The day before her operation, Lucy reads Peter Pan to a crowd of sick children in the hospital, and she goes to sleep with thoughts of the tale in her head, dreaming this version of Peter Pan into existence. The story is retold through the young girl’s imagination.

Juliette Films and Catalyst Global Media are also producing, in partnership with Lip Sync Productions and the Luxembourg Film Fund. Red Arrow International is selling.

In non-scripted, ITVBe has given Keshet UK an order for 10 one-hour episodes of dating format When Do You Get Off?. Keshet’s Kevin Mundye and Simon Shalgosky are exec producing the show that sees one lonely-heart date four potential suitors at their workplaces. After two full days of dating on the job, the singleton will decide which one they like best and meet them when they get off work. Production is underway.

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