David Morrissey is to star in a new three-part drama for BBC One.
Penned by Danny Brocklehurst, whose credits include Clocking Off and Accused, The Driver tells the story of David’s character Vince McKee, a taxi driver who out of crisis accepts an offer to start driving for a criminal gang.
Starring alongside Morrissey is Claudie Blakeley who plays his wife Ros. Former Coronation Street actress Sacha Parkinson makes-up the family unit as daughter Katie.
On working with David Morrisssey, Brocklehurst said: “I have always wanted to work with Dave Morrissey, one of the UK’s finest actors, and I’m delighted to be finally getting the chance. The entire cast is amazing and it is a privilege to have them on board.”
Filming begins in and around Manchester this week and is due to air on BBC One later in the year. Morrissey recently featured in critically acclaimed train drama The 7.39 alongside Sheridan Smith.
BBC One controller Charlotte Moore who commissioned the show alongside BBC Drama commissioning boss Ben Stephenson said: “The Driver is a gripping tale of an ordinary life turned upside down and it’s wonderful to announce David Morrissey returning to BBC One after his fine performance in this week’s critically acclaimed hit The 7.39.”
The Driver is co-created by Brocklehurst and Jim Poyser and co-produced between Highfield Pictures and RED Production Company.