Jessica Raine to star in Jericho
Jessica Raine will star in 'Jericho'.
The 31-year-old actress will act alongside Hans Matheson and Clarke Peters in the new eight-part ITV series set in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1870s.
Written by 'Sherlock''s Steve Thompson, 'Jericho' follows a community of pioneers, settlers and outcasts, many of whom have secrets to hide.
Jessica - who has previously been seen in 'Call The Midwife' - will play the central role of Annie Quaintain, a woman who is left shattered by her husband's death and penniless from his gambling. Kicked out of her home and shunned by her former friends, she leaves for Jericho with her two teenage children in a bid to rebuild their lives.
Annie meets railway agent Ralph Coates - played by Clarke - who offers her a helping hand, leading the widow to open a boarding house for navvy labourers in Jericho. However, he also has a past that he's trying to run away from.
Executive Producer Kate Bartlett said: "We're delighted to be embarking on the production of 'Jericho', an epic character driven drama set in the visually striking landscape of a frontier community.
"We're also thrilled that we have a wonderful cast with Jessica Raine, Hans Matheson and Clarke Peters in the leading roles."
Mark Addy, Lorraine Ashbourne and Amy James-Kelly will also appear in the programme, which will go into production later this month in North Yorkshire.