Series co-produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production Group’s Twenty Twenty and 42
Emma Appleton (Clique) Michael Stuhlbarg (Shape Of Water, Call Me By Your Name, The Looming Tower, The Post, Boardwalk Empire) Luke Treadaway (Ordeal by Innocence, Fortitude, Unbroken), Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard, The Missing, Line of Duty) and Stephen Campbell Moore (The Last Post, The Child in Time) to star in this compelling new period thriller.
Filming has begun on new Bash Doran drama Jerusalem (w/t).
Jerusalem is a brand new thriller set in the aftermath of the Second World War that centres around a seismic moment in history, when Britain was struggling to define itself in a new world order. The story revolves around Feef Symonds (Emma Appleton), a bold and ambitious 20-something woman who joins the Civil Service in 1945, just as Attlee's Labour party sweeps to victory, defeating Churchill in an electoral bolt from the blue. Her ambition to make something of her life is unrecognised by her family but encouraged by her American lover, Peter, played by Matt Lauria (Kingdom, Friday Night Lights) and does not go unnoticed by fellow American and zealot Rowe (Michael Stuhlbarg).
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.
Things are further complicated when Feef meets Hugh (Luke Treadaway) a Socialist and idealist, and newly elected Labour MP. Will he cause her to question her loyalty to the Americans? And what role does Jarvis (Stephen Campbell Moore) play?
Priscilla (Keeley Hawes) is Feef’s exacting boss at the civil service. She proves a difficult person for Feef to win over and becomes an unlikely role model of what a woman can achieve in a man's world.
Today, as the world finds itself at the mercy of ever shifting global alliances, nuclear anxiety and strained political relations, Jerusalem explores a time wracked by fear and mistrust, but shaped by hope.
Joining the cast is Brandon P Bell (Dear White People).
Created and written by Bash Doran (Boardwalk Empire and Looming Tower, Masters of Sex) Jerusalem will be the multiple award-winning playwright and screenwriter’s first original commission for British TV and is a Twenty Twenty (part of Warner Bros. International Television Production based in the UK) and 42 production, Executive Produced by Eleanor Moran (Rome) and Rory Aitken (Watership Down) for 42 and Emma Willis (A House Through Time) and Tim Carter (Garrow’s Law) for Twenty Twenty. Producer is Rhonda Smith (Fresh Meat, Life in Squares).
The 6X60’ series was commissioned for Channel 4 by Beth Willis Head of Drama and Simon Maxwell, Head of International Drama, and is co-funded by Channel 4 and all3Media international.