Phyllis Logan, Miranda Richardson and Zoë Wanamaker begin filming Girlfriends

Filming has begun on ITV drama Girlfriends from screenwriter Kay Mellor.

“Girlfriends is my passion project, it’s a story that I’ve been longing to tell. It’s wonderful to be returning to ITV and working with Polly Hill again – she’s an inspiration to me.I’m so looking forward to working with such a talented cast. It’s fantastic that we’ve got such high-calibre actors to play the three very different leading characters. I’m aware that there are a lot of women of a certain age who feel like they are invisible and unheard, so I’m proud to have the chance to shine a light on their lives and give them a voice. The series is not just a platform for their voices though – there is a big, bold, dark story at its heart, which is shot through with humour. I’m hoping both men and women will love it as much as I’ve loved writing it.” – Kay Mellor

The series stars Phyllis Logan, Miranda Richardson and Zoë Wanamaker in the three lead roles and showcases supporting cast including: Daisy Head, Chris Fountain, Anthony Head, Wendy Craig, Emmett J Scanlon and Matthew Marsh.

Girlfriends is, ITV state, a contemporary story of Linda, Sue and Gail as they struggle with the responsibilities and inevitable changes that come with being a modern woman of a certain age… But true friendship remains the same no matter how many years have passed.

After the dramatic and sudden death of Linda’s husband Micky, childhood friends Linda (Phyllis Logan), Sue (Miranda Richardson) and Gail (Zoë Wanamaker) find themselves back together again. Each has their own problems to face; from a looming divorce from the husband she still loves and the loss of a high-powered job through age discrimination, to juggling the endless responsibilities of their grandchildren and aging mothers.

As widowed Linda tries to come to terms with being on her own after over 30 years of marriage, she and her girlfriends are horrified to find that this could be the least of her worries. As questions over the circumstances of Micky’s death start to be asked, accusations reveal secrets, deception and doubts that tear at our Girlfriends’ friendship. Will it endure or will it be severely put to the test?

“This is a fabulous cast and testament to Kay’s wonderful scripts. Kay celebrates women of a certain age and female friendship through this wonderful and compelling story. I am proud to have this on ITV and delighted to see Kay return to the channel in such a brilliant way. I can’t wait to see Zoë, Miranda and Phyllis bring her characters to life, and look forward to sharing Girlfriends with our audience next year.” – Polly Hill, Head of Drama for ITV

Girlfriends will air over six episodes, in an hour long slot.

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