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Jill Halfpenny and Rupert Penry to star in Channel 5 drama

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Jill Halfpenny and Rupert Penry to star in Channel 5 drama

The six episode saga, The Feud, is set in the North East…

Also confirmed to star are James Fleet, Tessa Peake-Jones, Ray Fearon, Amy Nuttall, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, Larry Lamb, Alex Macqueen and Chris Gascoyne.

Jill Halfpenny:

“The spiral that we see Emma’s world take in The Feud, from one seemingly innocent situation to life altering revelations, is something I can’t wait to dive into! Getting to work in the Northeast with the teams at Channel 5 and Lonesome Pine, along with the rest of this brilliant cast, is a joy.”   

The Feud introduces Emma and John Barnett, played by Jill Halfpenny and Rupert Penry-Jones, who, along with their teenage daughter Beth, played by newcomer Megan Trower, appear to live an idyllic life on Shelbury Drive.

They’re close friends with their neighbours, Sonia and Alan, played by Amy Nuttall and Ray Fearon, and despite their foibles, are also fond of older couple, Derek and Barbara, played by James Fleet and Tessa Peake-Jones.

The close friendships in this seemingly peaceful street prove to be not quite as harmonious as they seem. When Emma and John decide to add a kitchen extension to their house, things quickly start to spin drastically out of control. As objections to the plans are raised, unexpected skeletons and life-threatening secrets begin to rise to the surface. Laced with menace, The Feud reveals how Emma’s aspirational dream turns sharply into obsession, paranoia, and fear. One decision sets in motion events that have unforeseeable consequences for both her and the people living on her street.

Does Emma know the people around her as well as she thinks? Who is hiding behind facades, who is manipulating events, and who is simply exactly who they appear to be? A drama full of paranoia, The Feud has started filming in Newcastle and is set to air on Channel 5 in 2025.

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