Channel 4 has commissioned a new drama from Clerkenwell Films (The End of the F***ing World) entitled Truelove.
Iain Weatherby (Humans) and Charlie Covell (The End of the F***ing World) co-created the six-part series, which follows a recently reunited couple’s pursuit of dignified death.
Ex-senior police chief Phil (Julie Walters) and divorced ex-special forces vet Ken (Clarke Peters) were once teenage sweethearts, but it is only when they attend a friend’s funeral years later that the now retirees are reunited.
Walters said: “I had basically withdrawn from acting and wasn’t sure that anything could tempt me back but then I read Truelove. I was completely bowled over by the writing - the dark humour, the love story and thriller element set against a backdrop of what happens to us all as we approach our later years.
“I adore the character of Phil - smart, funny and hard edged. How often does one have the chance at my tender age to play a leading lady in a TV drama?”
Phil and Ken join a gang of old friends at the wake, and with booze and nostalgia flowing, talk soon turns meditative. After attempting to answer the question of what an ‘ideal’ death looks like, the gang make a drunken pact to ensure a dignified, not protracted, death. Helping each other in such a situation is, they say, “truelove.”
Joining the line up are Sue Johnston (Help), Phil Davis (Silent Witness), Peter Egan (After Life), Karl Johnson (Too Close), Fiona Button (The Split) and Kiran Sonia Sawar (Black Mirror)
Caroline Hollick, Channel 4 Head of Drama, said: “Truelove is a unique, poignant and darkly funny series which deals with big themes around regrets at the paths not taken, quality of life and serious illness.
“Beautifully written and with actors of the calibre of Julie Walters and Clarke Peters playing the leads, Truelove is an exciting addition to Channel 4’s upcoming portfolio of dramas. I can’t wait to see the series come to life.”