BBC America's Dramaville Presents 'White Heat' on May 9

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April 10th, 2012

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DRAMA SERIES CHARTS THE VOLATILE AND LIFE CHANGING RELATIONSHIPS OF SEVEN FRIENDS OVER 40 YEARS

BBC AMERICA’s Dramaville presents US premiere of White Heat, starring ensemble cast including Sam Claflin, Claire Foy and MyAnna Buring


White Heat, the next instalment of BBC AMERICA’s Dramaville, charts the lives of seven friends from 1965 through to present day. The stylish and suspenseful drama, straddling almost five decades, follows lives, loves and destinies shaped by the political events of each era, connecting the dots of their relationships born, bound and broken over time and ultimately reunited after the death of one of them. White Heat premieres Wednesday, May 9, 10:00pm ET/PT as part of Dramaville.

 

Their relationships - complex, volatile, life affirming and life changing – are first formed when they come together as flatmates in London’s Tufnell Park. The diverse group of young students includes rebel with a cause Jack (Sam Claflin, Snow White and the Huntsman), ambitious feminist Charlotte (Claire Foy, Upstairs Downstairs), fragile beauty Lilly (MyAnna Buring, The Twilight Saga), compassionate medical student Jay (Reece Ritchie, The Lovely Bones), love-struck geek Alan (Lee Ingleby, Luther), Jamaican-born-and-bred law student Victor (David Gyasi, Law And Order: UK) and kind-hearted Orla (Jessica Gunning, Law & Order: UK).

 

Their interwoven personal lives play out against the backdrop of defining points of the developing eras - the death of Churchill, the union strife of the Seventies, the ascendancy of Thatcher, the Falklands, AIDS, the end of the Cold War – crucial events which shaped history and made these seven individuals the people they are today.

 

White Heat follows the critically acclaimed crime thriller, Whitechapel, continuing BBC AMERICA’s Dramaville, which features groundbreaking British drama and is also the home to the Golden Globe®-winning mini-series Luther, Golden Globe®-nominated mini-series The Hour and the upcoming drama series Ripper Street. Following White Heat, Dramaville presents the four-part drama, Inside Men, premiering Wednesday, June 20, 10:00pm ET/PT.

 

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CAST AND PRODUCTION CREDITS

Jack                                          Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean)

Older Jack                                Michael Kitchen (My Week with Marilyn, Proof of Life)

Charlotte                                 Claire Foy (Upstairs Downstairs, Vivaldi)

Older Charlotte                       Juliet Stevenson (The Hour, Being Julia)

Lilly                                          MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 & 2)

Older Lilly                                Lindsay Duncan (Alice in Wonderland, Wallander)

Jay                                            Reece Ritchie (All in Good Time, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time)

Older Jay                                  Ramon Tikaram (EastEnders, Primeval)

Alan                                         Lee Ingleby (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Luther)

Older Alan                               Paul Copley (Downton Abbey, Torchwood)

Victor                                       David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas, Red Tails)

Older Victor                             Hugh Quarshie (Doctor Who, Holby City)

Orla                                         Jessica Gunning (Law & Order: UK, Doctor Who)

Older Orla                               Sorcha Cusack (Coronation Street, Snatch)

Edward                                    Jeremy Northam (Miami Medical, The Tudors)

Beth                                         Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Episodes)

Miles                                        Richard Lintern (The Shadow Line, Syriana)

Frank                                        Geoff Leesley (EastEnders, Law & Order: UK)

Val                                            Karen Henthorn (Shameless, Coronation Street)

Derek Bowden                         Julian Barratt (Treasure Island, The Mighty Boosh)

Aasif                                         Akshay Kumar (Once Upon A Time Again, Joker)

Boris                                        Tim Barlow (10,000 BC, Rome)

Alec                                         Will Bliss (Art is…, Holby City)

Leah                                         Holly Weston (John Carter, Hollyoaks)

Connor                                    Andrew Simpson (Good Vibrations, Notes on a Scandal)

Emma                                       Abigail Guiver

 

Creator and Writer                  Paula Milne (I Dreamed of Africa, The Night Watch)

Director                                   John Alexander (Life on Mars, Exile)

Executive Producer for ITV      Paula Milne and Kate Bartlett

Executive Producer for BBC    Lucy Richer

 

White Heat is a Carnival Films production for ITV

 
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