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A major new ITV drama is being filmed on location in Normans Bay. Film crew getting supplies from the Ocean Bakery yesterday, in Pevensey Bay (July 3), commented that they expect to be here for ‘about another four weeks’.

Filming the major new drama series in Normans Bay presents a number of possible opportunities for the close knit community. Might we be seeing an increase to the visitor footprint for the tiny coastal community that nestles next to Pevensey Bay following the filming?

With the all star cast announced their are some intriguing possibilities, since the family drama takes place in such a small ‘out of the way’ easily identifiable and distinct coastal community.

Russell Tovey (Years and Years), Claudie Blakley (Manhunt) and Lydia Leonard (Gentleman Jack) lead the cast of the story as siblings Jake, Helen and Natalie.

Francesca Annis (Home Fires) plays their recently widowed mother, with Stephen Rea (Dickensian) as her new love interest. Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter) plays the part of their neighbour.

These really are all star cast names. Film location tours are big business.

Never did Poldark any harm: you can visit 15 Poldark film locations. Scenes featuring the exterior of Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, are shot on the wild and rugged Bodmin Moor and one of Cornwall’s most stunning beaches, it’s easy to see why Poldark locations attract business. Are we about to see something happening in Normans Bay along the same lines on a small scale basis? Time will tell. A lot will depend on success of new ITV drama.

Flesh and Blood is expected to air on ITV in 2020.

The drama is described by Silverprint/ITV studios, the production company undertaking the location shootings as being “a modern story of three adult siblings who are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed motherdeclares she’s in love with a new man,

Their media release explains that an all star cast has been announced including, Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis, Russell Tovey and Stephen Rea. star in new Silverprint production. Flesh and Blood is written by Sarah Williams and directed by Louise Hooper.

The story explores family dynamics and modern relationships as they spiral towards a tragedy and possible crime.

Silverprint says “ITV and Silverprint Pictures today announce that Imelda Staunton (Maleficent, Paddington, Harry Potter, Vera Drake), Francesca Annis (Home Fires, The Little House, Cranford), Russell Tovey (Years and Years, Quantico) and Stephen Rea (Dickensian, War & Peace, The Honourable Woman) have begun filming Flesh and Blood – a darkly witty and gripping four-part drama created and written by Sarah Williams (The Long Song, Case Sensitive, Poppy Shakespeare), which explores family dynamics and modern relationships as they spiral towards a tragedy and possible crime.

“Joining the ensemble cast are Claudie Blakley (Manhunt, Grantchester, Lark Rise To Candleford), Lydia Leonard (Gentleman Jack, Absentia, Apple Tree Yard), Sharon Small (London Kills, Trust Me, Born to Kill), Lara Rossi (Cheat, Crossing Lines), Keir Charles (Man Up, Love Actually, Green Wing), Vincent Regan (Victoria, The Royals, Atlantis), David Bamber (Valkyrie, Doctors, The Bourne Identity), Stephanie Langton (Ransom, Law & Order UK), Clara Indrani (Vera, The Rebel, EastEnders) and Grace Hogg-Robinson (The Coroner, Mum).

“Directed by BAFTA nominee and Grierson award winner Louise Hooper (Cheat, Vera, Cold Feet), Flesh and Blood is a modern story of three adult siblings – Helen (Claudie Blakley), Jake (Russell Tovey) and Natalie (Lydia Leonard) – who are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother Vivien (Francesca Annis) declares she’s in love with a new man, Mark (Stephen Rea).”

Silverprint goes on to explain, “As she nears her 70th birthday, the siblings’ suspicions are heightened when retired GP Mark sweeps their mother off her feet, shifting her priorities away from her children. The happiness of her 45-year marriage to their father, Terry, is called into question, which sends a seismic shock through the lives of the siblings. Years of secrets, lies, rivalries and betrayals come to the surface and threaten to blow apart everything they’ve held dear.

“With their large family home overlooking the Sussex coast, their inheritance and the happy memories of their childhood all suddenly threatened by the arrival of Mark, the siblings attempt to find out more about him. But will their long-buried grudges and complicated personal lives allow them to pull together?

“Then there’s Mary (Imelda Staunton), who has lived next door to Vivien for 40 years. Despite not being family, Mary appears unhealthily attached to Vivien and her family’s unfolding drama.

“Filmed on location in London and along the Sussex coast, Flesh and Blood is produced by Letitia Knight (Dark Heart, Vera). Silverprint Pictures’ Creative Director Kate Bartlett (Dark Heart, Shetland, Vera) executive produces the series with Sarah Williams”.