The Street Returning To BBC One

by Lisa McGarry

Jimmy McGovern’s emotionally powerful hit BBC One drama, The Street, continues to attract Britain’s finest film, television and stage talent as well as introduce newcomers in its third series which is currently filming in the North West of England and completes shooting March 2009.

To date The Street has scooped British television’s top industry awards for two consecutive years winning both the 2007 and 2008 BAFTA and RTS awards for best drama series.

At the 2007 International Emmy Awards Ceremony Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent shared the best actor award for his role as a pensioner in the first series of The Street, shown in 2006, while the series scooped an Emmy for best drama series.

An ITV Production, this third series of The Street offers six brand new uncompromising stories have started filming in and around Manchester this month. Further casting will be announced shortly.

Timothy Spall reprises his role as the cash-strapped but indefatigable ex-cabbie, Eddie, who is a loyal friend to all in his street and the wider community.

Ger Ryan returns as Margie, Eddie’s beloved and long suffering wife, with Ruth Jones (Gavin And Stacey) playing Sandra, the lonely telephonist at Alpha Cabs where Eddie works and to whom he lends a helping hand.

In the opening episode Bob Hoskins stars as local hero, Paddy, a publican who stands his ground against seemingly insurmountable odds when he crosses hard man Miller played by Liam Cunningham (Hunger).

Elizabeth Berrington (The Dinner Party) plays Miller’s downtrodden spouse and Frances Barber (Funland) is Paddy’s hard working and courageous wife, Lizzie.

In this new six-part series the stories range from a heart-rending tale about a wounded soldier who comes home from Afghanistan, to a mother who is trying to give her sons a decent start in life.

There is also a poignant episode about an alcoholic parent who faces up to his past wrongs as well as a timely story about a racist chef, who falls in love with a Polish neighbour and comes to see the error of his ways.

Executive producer of The Street III, Sita Williams, says: “Each year we wonder whether we are going to be able to find six more stories that Jimmy is passionate to tell and we are thrilled to say we have.

“By the end of this season we’ll have made 18 unique films with the same core creative team and it’s been an absolute privilege to continually attract Britain’s finest talents to the series.”

Polly Hill, Commissioning Editor, Independent Drama, BBC, says: “We are so pleased to see the return of The Street to BBC One, where Jimmy’s compelling storytelling continues to attract a magnificent cast, including the wonderful Bob Hoskins and Timothy Spall.”