Steven Mackintosh and Olivia Williams have joined the cast of ITV’s 1940s set period drama series, The Halcyon, which tells the story of a bustling and glamorous five star hotel at the centre of London society and a world at war.
Filming has commenced on the eight-part drama series which also features Kara Tointon, Alex Jennings, Matt Ryan, Hermione Corfield and Mark Benton. The drama, set in 1940, shows London life through the prism of war and the impact it has on families, politics, relationships and work across every social strata – set to a soundtrack of the music of the era.
“A hotel is the perfect place to show ambition in telling the story of World War II. It was an extraordinary time in our country’s history, and London was a transforming city. The Halcyon takes us right to the heart of this as the hotel is busy, energetic, and vibrant which reflects how people carried on with their lives with defiance in the air,” – ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November speaking in December 2015
Multi award-winning singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum has specially written two songs and top UK recording artist and highly acclaimed singer Beverley Knight will make a special guest appearance in The Halcyon where she will perform at the Café De Paris. Created by Charlotte Jones (Trust Me) and the lead series writer Jack Lothian (Doc Martin), The Halcyon reveals how war permeates everyone’s lives from the glamorous guests to its loyal, hard-working staff watched from within by American journalist Joe O’Hara (Matt Ryan).
“1940 is one of the most dramatic years in our islands history. Who could have imagined that London would survive the blitz and Luftwaffe’s attempted destruction of the city? What was it like to be in a 5 star hotel in the West End through this extraordinary period? It’s such a compelling idea for a drama. The world of the Halcyon hotel has to carry on, through thick and thin and against all odds. The bedrooms have to be made safe, the bars have to stay open, and the band has to play on. People have to sleep, eat and survive.” – Left Bank Chief Executive Andy Harries speaking in December 2015
Further cast includes Sope Dirisu, Liz White, Charity Wakefield, Annabelle Apsion, Jamie Blackley, Ed Bluemel, Nick Brimble, Michael Carter, Akshay Kumar, Imogen Waterhouse, Nico Rogner, Kevin Eldon and Lauren Coe.
The drama series will film in London and surrounding areas for transmission later on ITV.