Toni Collette films BBC drama in Manchester

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by Stephen Chapman

Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, The Sixth Sense) is starring in a new drama for BBC and Netflix.

Wanderlust is the first television series from award-winning playwright, Nick Payne and has just started shooting in Manchester

The drama follows Joy Richards (Collette), a therapist, who’s trying to find a way to keep her spark with her husband alive. 

“I am honoured and thrilled to work with Nick Payne's wonderful words on Wanderlust. It is an authentic and revolutionary story about relationships, sex, love and all the things we really care about. I could not be more excited,” she said.

Collette stars alongside Steven Mackintosh (A Song For Jenny, Stan Lee's Lucky Man, The Halcyon), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat, Not Safe For Work, Case Histories) and Royce Pierreson (Line Of Duty, Our Girl, Murdered By My Boyfriend) in the six-part drama. 

It was commissioned by BBC One and will air on the channel in the UK, with Netflix holding the global rights outside the UK.

Wanderlust is directed by Luke Snellin (The A Word, Our Girl, My Mad Fat Diary) and made by Drama Republic.

“Toni's natural warmth, complexity and wit combine to make her the perfect Joy. I'm delighted that she will be leading the cast in this bold and brilliant new series for BBC One. Nick's script's strike an utterly distinctive and original tone and I cannot wait to see them come to life in the very capable hands of director Luke Snellin and the outstanding team at Drama Republic,” added Piers Wenger, BBC controller drama commissioning.