Filming has begun in the city for a brand new TV drama about how two-tone music is exploding in Coventry. Stephen Knight, the Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning creator of Peaky Blinders, has penned the new drama for the BBC.
This Town will tell the story of an extended family and four young adults who are drawn into the world of ska and two-tone music, which grew out of the grassroots of Coventry and Birmingham in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Uniting black, white, and Asian youth at the time, Knight previously said the series’ soundtrack would be “exciting.”Read:British teachers should be jailed after girl’s pontoon death, say French prosecutors | World News
Camera crews are seen filming at Riley Square in Bell Green. This city will also be shot on the streets of Birmingham and at the recently opened production studio in Digbeth.
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“This is a project very close to my heart,” said Knight, 63, who also created SAS Rogue Heroes and Great Expectations. “It’s about an era I lived in that I know well and it involves characters I feel I grew up with. It’s a love letter to Birmingham and Coventry but I hope people will relate to it.” from all over the world “.Read:Sir Graham Brady reveals moment Liz Truss realised she had to quit as PM
Both a high-octane thriller and a family saga, This Town opens in 1981 at a time of huge social tensions and unrest. Against this backdrop, the film tells the story of a group of young adults fighting to choose their own paths in life, each needing the second chance that music offers.
Visits from the teams Coventry Specials and The Selecter are likely to feature in the new series. It will be a six-part series, produced by Kudos, Banijay UK, and Nebulastar.
This Town will be co-produced with Mercury Studios, part of Universal Music Group, who will bring in an exciting line-up of high-profile musical artists to help set the backdrop for the story. Renowned producer Dan Carey and Brit and Mercury nominated musician Kay Tempest wrote the songs that the band performs on the series.
Led by an exciting cast of huge names, the six-part series will star Michelle Dockery, Nicholas Pinnock and David Dawson. Dockery is known for playing Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV drama Downton Abbey, while Pinnock has appeared in Top Boy.Read:Reckless speeding cyclists who flout 20mph limits could be fined
Other stars to be featured in the series include Geraldine James, Levi Brown, Jordan Bolger, Ben Rose, Eve Austin, Peter McDonald, Freya Parks, Chiffon Ahmed, John Heffernan, Stephane Ashanti-Boateng, Cennen Brennan, George Sumner, and Brendan Gibson.
Joe McClellan, commissioning editor at BBC Drama, said: “Steven’s scripts are absolutely fantastic – they capture the unbridled energy of youth and a pivotal moment in time, all set to a fantastic soundtrack, and we can’t wait to see this incredibly talented cast of it all in life. ”
Karen Wilson, Executive Producer, said: “We can’t wait for this fantastic cast to help bring to life the world Steven has created in this city. The combination of powerful storytelling, gripping drama and great music will make it a must-see – audiences are there for the real experience!”
Alice Webb, CEO of Mercury Studios, added: “Ska music has a huge impact on music and culture – the 1980s and even modern times – which is why the legendary Stephen Knight, Kudos, BBC and Mercury Studios are the perfect combination to bring this vibrant world to life. With life. Expect fierce new music as well as a serious tribute to the classics of the time. It will be unstoppable.”
This City is Created, Written and Performed by Stephen Knight. Directed by Paul Whittington and produced by Charlotte Surtees. Executive producers are Karen Wilson, Martin Haines and Katie MacLeese on the BBC’s Kudos and Joe McClellan. Laura Conway (Kudos North), Matthew James Wilkinson (Stigma Films) and Nick Angel serve as co-executive producers. Banijay Rights will handle the series’ international distribution.
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