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Line of Duty producers announce cast for new Merseyside drama

The cast has been announced for new Merseyside-based drama, The Gathering.

The 6-part series from World Productions (Line of Duty, Virgil) has just started filming in the region.

Newcomer, Eva Morgan and Sadie Soverall (Little Bone Lodge) will lead the cast as Kelly and Jessica. They’ll appear alongside Vinette Robinson (Boiling Point, The Lazarus Project), Warren Brown (Ten Pound Poms, The Responder) and Richard Coyle (Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, Then You Run, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina).

The Gathering will be the first original script from acclaimed writer and director Helen Walsh and will air on Channel 4.

“I’m thrilled to have a brilliant cast on board led by such established talent,” she said. 

“Our young actors, many of whom are newcomers, have wowed us with their raw and heartfelt depictions of teenagers having to navigate adult problems in morally ambiguous worlds.”

The series is set around a violent attack on a teenage girl during a rave on a tidal islet and focuses on a group of teens from disparate backgrounds, each of whom could have committed the crime, along with their parents – who give equal cause for suspicion.

It’s described as a “drama for our time” and examines the ways in which today’s parents impose their agendas and issues upon their teenagers. It also explores the balance between allowing teens their freedom, while ensuring their safety.

The Gathering was commissioned for Channel 4 by Caroline Hollick, Head of Drama, and Gwawr Lloyd, Commissioning Editor, Drama. 

The executive producers are Simon Heath, Laura Cotton, Helen Walsh and Gareth Bryn for World Productions and the producer is Graham Drover. The director of episodes 1, 2, 5 & 6 will be Gareth Bryn (Line of Duty S6, Karen Pirie). Amanda Blue (Maternal) will direct episodes 3 & 4.

World Productions is part of ITV Studios.

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