Katherine Kelly, James Murray and Patrick Robinson are to star in HIM, a three-part ‘domestic horror’ drama from the producers of Unforgotten.
This striking and original drama focuses on life’s major themes: the painful breakdown of relationships, love, loss, betrayal and passion. At the heart of the story is HIM’s rite of passage from boyhood to manhood as he struggles not to lose his humanity and control his supernatural power. – ITV
Written by screenwriter Paula Milne, the drama is due to begin filming in suburban London later this month. Katherine Kelly, James Murray and Patrick Robinson are joined by Simona Brown and newcomer Fionn Whitehead.
The story focuses on a 17-year-old boy, known only in the drama as HIM (Fionn Whitehead), who is caught in the limbo between childhood and adulthood. But he’s also trapped in a limbo between the two homes of his divorced parents, mum Hannah (Katherine Kelly) and dad Edward (James Murray), each now remarried with new families. Patrick Robinson plays step dad Victor, Simona Brown as stepsister Faith and Lucy Liemann as step mum Beth.
HIM is the cuckoo in both their nests, a reminder of the failure of their past and a threat to their newfound domestic bliss. Like any teenager, he is riding a rollercoaster of confusing emotions. Like most boys he finds it hard to process his feelings so tends to “act out”. But his behavior is also triggered by something else. He is engaged in a primal struggle to contain the terrifying secret of a supernatural power he inherited from his grandfather. A power that only his ageing grandmother, played by Susan Jameson (Casualty, New Tricks) understands, who urges him to use his gift only for ‘good’ for she knows if he doesn’t it could end in tragedy.
When his 17-year-old stepsister Faith (Simona Brown) moves into the family home, HIM finds himself irrevocably drawn to her. They both know their mutual attraction could rupture the family. The turmoil this causes in HIM escalates out of control and with it his supernatural power – and those closest to him are in his line of fire.
Alec Newman stars as Psychotherapist Clive, and Anastasia Hille is also cast as Professor of Physic Research Magda Elliot. Paula Milne is known for writing The Virgin Queen, The Politician’s Husband, White Heat, Small Island, The Nightwatch and Endgame.