Irish actor Jonas Armstrong, (The Body Farm, The Street), best known for his portrayal of Robin Hood in the BBC’s TV series about the famous outlaw, is to star in a new BBC drama portraying wives of men serving time.
‘Prisoner’s Wives’, written by Julie Gearey (Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Coronation Street), is a relationship-based ensemble drama set and filmed in Sheffield and also stars Emma Rigby (Demon’s Never Die, Hollyoaks), Polly Walker (Clash Of The Titans, Rome), Pippa Haywood (Green Wing, Brittas Empire) and Natalie Gavin (Shameless, The Arbor) and ‘Jack Taylor’ star Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, The Iron Lady).
It was directed by Damon Thomas (Sirens, The First Men In The Moon) and Harry Bradbeer (The Hour, Lip Service) and produced by Anna Ferguson (Lip Service) and co-produced by Abi Bach (Money, Small Island). ‘Prisoner’s Wives’ is due for transmission in early 2012.
The production was commissioned by Ben Stephenson and Danny Cohen for BBC. It was produced Tiger Aspect productions and the BBC. Executive producers on the programme were Roanna Benn (Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Coming Down The Mountain), Rebecca de Souza (Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Family Business), Greg Brenman (Me and My Monster, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Christopher Aird (Call The Midwife, Hotel Babylon) of the BBC.