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Matthew Gurney to lead cast of BBC One drama ‘Reunion’


Matthew Gurney to lead cast of BBC One drama ‘Reunion’

The BBC have today announced that Matthew Gurney, Lara Peake, Anne-Marie Duff, Eddie Marsan and Rose Ayling- Ellis will star in the upcoming thriller Reunion…

Written by Sheffield-born deaf writer William Mager, the-four-part drama Reunion is an emotional thriller of revenge and redemption following the journey of Daniel Brennan, a deaf man determined to right his wrongs, while unravelling the truth behind the events that led him to prison.

The series marks a milestone in inclusive storytelling, with the majority of cast and many members of the crew being deaf or using British Sign Language (BSL).

Matthew Gurney leads the cast as recently released prisoner Daniel Brennan. Brennan embodies the struggle of a man caught between two worlds, unable to fully integrate into the hearing world and shunned by his closest friends and the wider deaf community following his heinous crime. Amidst this isolation, Brennan’s only meaningful relationship is with his estranged daughter Carly, played by Lara Peake, who he has not had any contact with since his arrest over a decade ago.

Matthew Gurney:

“William’s scripts are electrifying and it’s a privilege to bring Brennan to life in this gripping tale of revenge, redemption and reconciliation”.

Anne-Marie Duff will star as Christine, desperate to find Brennan and get to the truth of what he did, alongside Eddie Marsan as Stephen Renworth, Christine’s protective boyfriend, while Rose Ayling-Ellis will play Miri, her daughter.

The cast will also include Stephen Collins as Sean, Ace Mahbaz as Ray Mokhtar, Sophie Stone as Naomi Brennan, Olive Gray as Anna Shenford, Joe Sims as Joe Summers. Also joining the cast are Julian Peedle-Calloo as Gardner, Cherie Gordon as Tasha, Rinkoo Barpaga as Vinay, James Joseph Boyle as Matthew, Duffy as David, Joanne Harrison as Brennan’s mum and David Hirshman as Brennan’s dad.

The hour-long episodes are made by Warp Films for BBC One with the four-part series beginning production in and around Sheffield this week.

Anne-Marie Duff:

“I am genuinely thrilled to be a part of this very exciting production. It is rare to witness a narrative where the audience is taken on a journey with a very different set of senses. It’s about our need to acknowledge each other’s truths- both inside our own families and beyond. The team is so extraordinary. I feel very honoured to be rubbing shoulders with them”.

Reunion is created and written by William Mager. BBC Studios will distribute the series internationally.

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