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Entertainment 'The Gallows Pole' — cast, plot, and all we know about the BBC1 period drama

18:50  17 september  2021
18:50  17 september  2021 Source:   whattowatch.com

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A stellar cast will star in The Gallows Pole, Shane Meadows' first-ever period drama, which is due to arrive on BBC1 next year.

Michael Socha, Thomas Turgoose, George MacKay, Samuel Edward-Cook, Tom Burke, Anthony Welsh, Sophie McShera posing for a photo: The Gallows Pole © Provided by WhatToWatch The Gallows Pole

The acclaimed screenwriter, whose previous hits include This Is England and The Virtues, will be adapting Benjamin Myers' novel set in 18th century Yorkshire for a highly-anticipated six-part series. Here's everything we know about the upcoming drama...

The Gallows Pole release date

Filming is already underway in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire so we're expecting this one to hit our screens in 2022. When BBC1 confirm an official air date we'll let you know!

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The Gallows Pole plot...

A statement from BBC1 reads...

"Based on the novel of the same name by Benjamin Myers, The Gallows Pole fictionalises the remarkable true story of the rise and fall of David Hartley and the Cragg Vale Coiners.  Set against the backdrop of the coming industrial revolution in 18th century Yorkshire, the compelling drama follows the enigmatic David Hartley played by Michael Socha, as he assembles a gang of weavers and land-workers to embark upon a revolutionary criminal enterprise that will capsize the economy and become the biggest fraud in British history."

The Gallows Pole cast...

Michael Socha (This is England, Time) will lead the cast as David Hartley. Thomas Turgoose (This is England, Looted), George MacKay (1917, Captain Fantastic), Tom Burke (Mank, The Crown), Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey), Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey, Manhunt season 2), Yusra Warsama (Castle Rock) and Eve Burley (Secret State) will also star.

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Shane Meadows on The Gallows Pole...

"Putting this cast together has been an absolute joy. To be working with actors I’ve grown up with and/or have been desperate to work with, alongside oodles of incredible ‘as yet’ undiscovered (Yorkshire based) talent, is an absolute honour and I’ve not been this passionate about shooting a project in years!

"After some initial rehearsals back in spring, me and the team went on an ‘open casting’ odyssey, watching over 6,500 self-tapes from unrepresented actors and actresses and were blown away by the quality of tapes that were submitted. We went from hoping to find one or two new faces to making up half of the entire cast from those tapes and I believe it’s going to create a series quite unlike anything else I’ve ever worked on.

"This is the 18th century yes, but viewed through a slightly more anarchic lens and will (like my previous work) have a soundtrack that fits the mood like a psychedelic glove, rather than historical expectations.”

The Gallows Pole trailer...

There's no trailer for this one yet, but we'll be sure to post it here when there is!

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