Babou Ceesay (Guerrilla) and Jill Halfpenny (Three Girls) are set to lead new four-part drama about a fictional case of sexual abuse in Hollywood.
Centred on The Mensahs from North London, Dark Mon£y tells the story of parents Manny (Ceesay) and Sam (Halfpenny) who suffer a horrific shock when their youngest child reveals he was abused by a known filmmaker while filming a Hollywood movie in America.
In an attempt to build anew, the working-class family reluctantly accept a large pay-off for their silence.
Believing themselves to be free of the hardships of pressing charges against a renowned celebrity, The Mensahs are proven wrong as accepting the pay-off leads to dark consequences.
Written by acclaimed writer Levi David Addai (Damilola, Our Loved Boy) Dark Mon£y will be directed by Lewis Arnold (Broadchurch).
"I’m delighted to be heading back to the BBC for Dark Mon£y and to be reunited with Levi to tell this powerful story,” said Babou Ceesay. “I’m also looking forward to collaborating with Jill, Lewis and the team”.
Ceesay previously collaborated with Addai on Damilola, Our Loved Boy a feature length BBC One drama that was based on the tragic death of Damilola Taylor.
“I’m thrilled to be playing Sam in Dark Mon£y,” added Jill Halfpenny. “Getting the opportunity to work with Lewis Arnold again is fantastic and I’m really excited to work with Babou Ceesay on this incredible project that Levi has created.”
Joining Ceesay and Halfpenny are Susan Wokoma (Chewing Gum), Rebecca Front (War and Peace), Ellen Thomas (Teachers), Olive Gray (Home from Home), Rudi Dharmalingam (Our Girl), Gary Beadle (EastEnders) and Joseph May (Resident Evil).
Filming for Dark Mon£y begins this month in Birmingham and will air on BBC One in 2019.