Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Town

Screenterrier rising star Toby Regbo and newcomer Avigail Tlalim join the cast of The Town (previously known as Hometown), a new three-part contemporary drama for ITV from Bigtalk Productions written by award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett.

They join BAFTA winner Andrew Scott alongside an ensemble cast including Julia McKenzie, Charlotte Riley, Gerard Kearns, Kelly Adams and Martin Clunes.

Andrew Scott, who won a BAFTA for his role in Sherlock, stars as 30 year-old Mark Nicholas who returns to the town where he grew up following a shocking incident involving his parents.

16 year old newcomer Avigail Tlalim (represented by United Agents) from London plays Jodie, Mark's wayward younger sister who he barely knows. She strikes up a relationship with posh boy Harry played by Toby Regbo (represented by BWH). Toby starred in Sky's Treasure Island, and will be seen in the soon-to-be released internet feature film chiller uwantme2killhim?.

“We’re thrilled to be making our first original drama series for the fantastic team at ITV. At the heart of The Town will be a family struggling to come to terms with change.  It’s also our hope to paint a picture of contemporary Britain through the magnifying glass of an ordinary market town. The story takes place in a landscape familiar to most of the UK.  Most of the population live their lives in a place like Renton,” said Big Talk’s CEO and The Town’s co-executive producer Kenton Allen.

“Mike Bartlett is a hugely exciting new talent and I’m delighted that ITV has commissioned his first project for television,” said ITV drama commissioner Laura Mackie.  “His characters are real and instantly engaging and his dialogue is natural and funny even in the darkest of moments.” 

The Town begins filming in High Wycombe from the 17th June for six weeks.

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