ITV lines up Dawn French drama

ITV lines up Dawn French drama

Glass Houses will be produced by Sophie Clarke-Jervoise’s Genial Productions

Dawn French has signed up to play a village know-it-all in a 6 x 6o-minute ITV drama. Glass Houses, from former Tiger Aspect exec Sophie Clarke-Jervoise’s ITV Studios-backed indie Genial Productions, was commissioned by ITV comedy controller Saskia Schuster.

Created by Mark Brotherhood, who has previously written for ITV’s Cold Feet and Benidorm and Sky’s Mount Pleasant, the drama will star French as a woman who makes it her business to know everything that is going on in a close-knit coastal community.

After revealing a bit too much to a radio journalist, Maggie sees the effect of how her very public gossip-fest affects various figures around the town.

Mark Heap, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Vicki Pepperdine and Patrick Robinson also star in the 6 x 6o-minute series.

Schuster promised the series would be “in the tradition of Doc Martin with a cast of warm and intriguing characters”.

The commission comes amid uncertainty over comedy on the channel, with no sitcoms currently lined up for 2019 and doubt over the future of Jack Dee’s Bad Move.

Clarke-Jervoise, who is executive producing the series with French, described Glass Houses as “a cautionary tale for anyone wanting to gain popularity by passing on unfounded gossip” and said Brotherhood’s scripts were full of “intrigue, comedy and suspense”.

French most recently appeared on ITV as host of shiny-floor format Little Big Shots and her most recent lead acting role was in Sky i’s drama series Delicious.

Glass Houses goes into production this spring.