From BAFTA winner Shane Meadows (This is England, Dead Man’s Shoes), The Virtues follows Joseph (Stephen Graham), a barely on-the-wagon alcoholic whose precarious reality is knocked for six when his ex-partner moves abroad with their young son to Australia, for a better life.
With no immediate family to live for, Joseph is haunted by a past he has tried, for decades, to forget – if not actively obscure with drink and drugs. Suffering the hangover from hell – the dry spell over – he walks away from his present life and boards a boat bound for Ireland to confront hazy, fear-inducing memories from a childhood spent in the care system that he’s had to forget.
The four part series is directed by Shane Meadows and co-written by Meadows and Jack Thorne (This is England, ’86, ’88, ’90, National Treasure). With Stephen Graham in the lead role, the cast also includes Helen Behan (This is England ‘88 & ’90), Niamh Algar (Pure, The Bisexual), Frank Laverty (Michael Collins) and Mark O'Halloran (RTE’s Prosperity).
The series was produced by Mark Herbert and Nickie Sault and is overseen by C4's Head of C4 Drama, Caroline Hollick. It is a Warp Films and Big Arty production.
BAFTA will show the first two episodes of the series. With thanks to Channel 4.
Members' booking opens Wednesday 20 March 09.30
Public booking opens Friday 22 March at 12.00
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