Claire Skinner to star in ITV1 army wives drama ‘Homefront’

ITV Studios has announced the cast of ITV1’s new drama series Homefront, originally titled SWAGS (“Service Wives And Girlfriends”).

Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Clare Higgins (The Syndicate), Nicola Stephenson (Strike Back) and Antonia Thomas (Misfits) will star as the wives and girlfriends of soldiers serving in war torn Afghanistan.

Created by Sue Teddern (Birds Of A Feather) and written with Jan McVerry (Coronation Street) and Joe Turner (Robin Hood), the six-part series is currently filming on location in Manchester and Cheshire.

Producer Kim Crowther commented: “Homefront is a unique and contemporary show highlighting the women and families left behind whilst their loved ones risk life and limb on the front line. Homefront will hopefully throw a light on the difficulties they face and the wonderful spirit they draw on to help each other through it.”

The official synopsis reads: “Paula Raveley (Higgins) a veteran army wife is glad to be on civvy street with husband Howard (George Costigan). She’s beyond proud that her precious younger son Matt has headed out to Helmand to serve alongside his brother Tom (Chris Reilly), but she doesn’t always see eye to eye with Matt’s young wife, Tasha (Thomas). After a troubled upbringing by single mum Cheryl (Lorraine Ashbourne) Tasha’s even more determined to prove herself as a brilliant wife and good mother to toddler son, Alfie.

“Louise Mancetta (Stephenson) was an Army nurse so she knows this high-octane world from both sides. She met her husband Joe (Warren Brown) during a particularly gruelling six month tour of Afghanistan and didn’t return to her duties after maternity leave having had two beautiful girls, Hannah and Grace. Although married to a soldier, Louise is not solely defined by her husband’s rank and reputation, like some of the women on the patch.

“Claire Marshbrook (Skinner) is an Officer’s wife in the making. She met widowed Major Peter Bartham (Greg Wise) on a dating website and moved towns to be with him. Not only does Claire have to adjust to giving up her own career but faces the challenge of being a Major’s wife and the demands of being a step-mother to Pete’s wayward 15 year old daughter, Millie (Rosie Day), who firmly resents her and Claire’s teenage son, Sam (Ceallach Spellman).”

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