BBC One has released the first look image and casting announcement for James Graham’s new drama Sherwood.
The six-part drama is inspired by real-life events and takes place in the Nottinghamshire mining village where Graham grew up.
An already fractured community is completely torn apart when two tragic and unexpected killings lead to a massive manhunt to find the person responsible.
Suspicion and antipathy begin to seep into the town, straining relationships between lifelong neighbours and towards the police forces.
The killings threaten to reignite historic divisions sparked during the miners strike three decades before.
The series explores a post-Brexit Britain, and the impact of a frayed social and political landscape that ignores former ‘red wall’ towns.
Detective Chief Superintendent Ian St Clair (David Morrissey) has risen up the ranks in the Nottinghamshire Constabulary and as a good judge of character, empathetic and with an impressive track record, he is given the task of finding the link between the two killings.
He must reunite with Detective Inspector Kevin Salisbury (Robert Glenister), an old rival from the Metropolitan Police, who has little desire to return to Ashfield and threatens to increase tensions in the community. Despite not wanting to go, DI Salisbury is determined to prove he stands for honour and integrity.
Gary Jackson (Alun Armstrong) is one of the few miners who were on the picket lines in the 1980s and decades later, he still won’t let anyone forget, causing him to be at odds with his neighbours.
His wife Julie Jackson (Lesley Manville) is estranged from her sister Cathy (Claire Rushbrook), due to their differing views and loyalties during the miner’s strike.
Cathy has always lived in her sister’s shadow but becomes a force to be reckoned with when tragedy strikes close to home and dark secrets are revealed.
Mickey Sparrow (Philip Jackson) is an entrepreneur who many suspect gains most of his income through illegal means.
With suspicion rife, Sparrow’s empire is under threat and his wife Daphne (Lorraine Ashbourne) will go to great lengths to protect her family.
Andy Fisher (Adeel Akhtar) is a soft shy man who has struggled with his wife’s death and relies heavily on his son for emotional support.
But with son Neel (Bally Gill) about to get married, Andy feels like he’s losing his son and finds himself at odds with his fiancé Sarah (Joanne Froggatt).
Filming is now underway for BBC drama Sherwood.