Manchester drama for BBC One

Philip Glenister BBC

Philip Glenister, Bernard Hill, Steven Mackintosh, Saskia Reeves, Liz White, Daniel Rigby and Morven Christie are the lead stars in BBC One’s drama From There To Here, which charts four years in Manchester, starting in 1996.

The drama begins on the day an IRA bomb destroyed much of Manchester’s City Centre, the same summer England was united in optimism for Euro ’96. From There To Here tells the story of a city, an era and two families from different sides of the tracks whose lives are brought together in the aftermath of the bomb. The story spans the four years that changed Manchester and the country forever – from ‘Football’s Coming Home‘ in 1996, to New Labour sweeping to power in 1997, and finally to the hangover after the Millennium celebrations of 2000.

With an epic sweep, From There To Here charts the tragic and comic misadventures of two families as Manchester is being rebuilt. – BBC Drama

Daniel Cotton (Glenister) and his father Samuel (Hill) run a sweet factory, and Daniel has the perfect Cheshire family, with his wife Claire (Reeves), son Charlie (Rigby) and daughter Louise (Christie). His rough-diamond/street-wise brother Robbo (Mackintosh) has a serious rift with his father, and is immersed in the rough urban life of Manchester, where he runs a night club.

Daniel, Samuel and Robbo are caught up in the blast alongside hotel cleaner Joanne (White). Their survival of a near-death experience provokes changes in their lives that soon spin out of control.

This story is told against the backdrop of a northern city that is reinventing itself in the face of adversity and massive socio-economic change. The material damage to the city is echoed in the fault line running through the Cotton family’s fractured relations. – BBC Drama

Written by Peter Bowker the series will air across three episodes, each an hour long, which while in production took part in a new initiative called albert+ devised by the BBC to manage the impact of production on the environment. The programme achieved a two star rating under the scheme and are the first to display the albert+ badge on screen.

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