Channel 4 announces cast for historical drama ‘New Worlds’

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Written and created by Peter Flannery (Our Friends In The North) and Martine Brant, the four-part drama series will also star Freya Mavor (Skins), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) and Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones) as young idealists during the Restoration period.

Described by Channel 4 as “a gripping story of love and loss and the human price paid for the freedoms we enjoy today”, New Worlds takes place on both sides of the Atlantic, as two young men and two young women “commit their lives to a fairer future with blood, passion and urgency”.

The official synopsis reads: “In England, torture, show trails and summary executions are rife as Charles II has betrayed his promise of tolerance and reverted to tyranny. At Fanshawe House, we rejoin Angelica (Eve Best, Nurse Jackie) from The Devil’s Whore, now Countess of Abingdon, striving to protect her daughter Beth (Freya Mavor) from a country yet again on the brink of chaos. But when Abe (Jamie Dornan) – outlaw and idealist – breaks into Beth’s sheltered world he jolts her into consciousness and asks her if she can standby as the liberties won with her father’s Civil War blood are destroyed? Meanwhile in New England the colonists struggle throw off the distant but steely control of the English Crown and Hope (Alice Englert) and Ned (Joe Dempsie) find themselves on the brutal frontline.”

Channel 4 Head of Drama, Piers Wenger commented: “New Worlds is a compelling four part drama capturing the political struggles of the period following the English Civil War both at home and overseas. The combination of Peter and Martine’s scripts and Charles Martin’s direction has attracted a diverse and glittering cast and we’re greatly looking forward to seeing their work brought to the screen.”

New Worlds begins filming in the UK this month, directed by Charles Martin (Run), and will air on Channel 4 in 2014.

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