Cast announced for new ITV drama, The Scapegoat

by Lynn Connolly

ITV have today revealed the cast line-up for an all new TV adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s hit novel, The Scapegoat.

The channel announced that heading up the all star cast will be Brothers & Sisters star Matthew Rhys, who’ll play two roles as John Standing and Johnny Spence.

Also joining the cast are Gosford Park and Cranford star Eileen Atkins, who will plays Lady Spence, and Sheridan Smith, who of course previously starred in Gavin and Stacey and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

Additional cast include Anton Lesser, Sylvie Testud and Jodhi May, who we’re about to see on forthcoming drama, The Jury.

The Scapegoat is set in 1952 as Britain prepares for the Coronation. Set from the viewpoint of John Standing and Johnny Spence, the drama is directed by Charles Sturridge and co-produced by Sarah Beardsall and Dominic Minghella’s production company, Island Pictures.

Of it, Beardsall said, “The Scapegoat will take viewers on a suspenseful journey with the character of John, from friendless anonymity, to the glamour of the big house, and then to the dark reality behind it…

“Our ambition is to do cinematic justice to the du Maurier brand, and the very particular world that she has created.”

ITV’s press release about the drama goes on to say that John and Johnny meet “by chance” in a bar, and, given that the men look amazingly similar, John finds himself being mistaken for Johnny, an error he doesn’t correct…

His actions see him “sucked irresistibly into another man’s life.”

The Scapegoat will initially be made for TV, but will then be aired in cinemas around the country. Production is expected to begin later this month.

Of the drama, which was commissioned by Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes, Mackie said, “We’re delighted to be bringing The Scapegoat to ITV1. It’s a terrific, suspenseful script featuring characters with sinister motivations and dark secrets.”

Sounds like a good ‘un!

Here’s a look at a trailer for a film version of The Scapegoat that was made in 1958…

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Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.