John Simm, Robert Glenister and Anna Massey for BBC’s Moving On

by Lisa McGarry

John Simm (Doctor Who, Life On Mars), Corin Redgrave (Turn Of The Screw, Four Weddings And A Funeral), Anna Massey (Hotel du Lac, Tess Of The D’Urbervilles), Robert Glenister (Hustle, Spooks), Gerard Kearns (Shameless, Mark Of Cain), Roy Marsden (The Green Green Grass, Adam Dalgleish in PD James adaptations) and Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Snatch) are to star in the new series of BBC One Daytime’s critically-acclaimed drama, Moving On, with Dominic West (The Wire, Mona Lisa Smile) directing one of the episodes.

Five of the episodes have now been cast and filmed. The series comprises 10 stand-alone episodes, all linked by the common theme of how to move on in life.

The cast also includes Hannah Gordon, Maggie Steed, Daniel Ryan, Susannah Harker, Pooky Quesnel, Jonty Stephens, Jenny Agutter, Nicola Stephenson, Lisa Faulkner, Jo Hartley, Tachia Newall, Kieran O’Brien and Susan Lynch.

Liam Keelan, Controller of Daytime, and Executive Producer for the BBC, says the calibre of actors attracted to Moving On is brilliant news for BBC Daytime drama: “It’s very exciting to be able to announce the high profile cast that are going to be appearing in the next series of Moving On and will be something for our viewers to look forward to.”

He adds: “This cast reinforces the fact that Daytime drama on the BBC has a strong reputation and can attract well-known faces to be part of the programmes that we make.”

The series is written by a combination of new and established writers, and filmed on location in and around Liverpool by Liverpool production company LA Productions.

The series was created by Emmy winner and multi BAFTA award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern and produced by Colin McKeown at LA Productions.

Colin McKeown says the quality of the first series has helped to attract the cast for the second: “The first series showed that we had the producers, directors and both new and established writers to make some amazing drama for BBC Daytime.

“We are using the same winning combination again to make 10 new episodes, and securing these big name actors to be part of Moving On shows how brilliantly written the scripts for this second series are.”

He adds: “This new series will continue to explore the thorny contemporary issues of Alzheimer’s, drug co-dependency, adoption, religion and special needs within the community, along with additional family issues such as sibling rivalry, loyalty and friendship.”

The cast for the remaining five episodes will be announced shortly, and the new series of Moving On is due to air later in 2010.

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