Bouquet of Barbed Wire

Press Release August 2, 2010

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A modern reworking of Andrea Newman’s taboo-busting 1970s psychological drama, Bouquet of Barbed Wire, is coming to ITV this autumn.

TREVOR EVE (Waking the Dead, Framed) leads the cast as Peter Manson. Written by acclaimed writer Guy Andrews (Lost In Austen, Prime Suspect), directed by Ashley Pearce (Class of 74) produced by Mammoth Screen, and commissioned by ITV1, the 3 x 60 min drama was filmed on location around London.

Eve stars alongside HERMIONE NORRIS (Spooks, Kingdom), IMOGEN POOTS (Miss Austen Regrets, 28 Weeks Later), TOM RILEY (St. Trinians 2, Lost In Austen) and JEMIMA ROOPER (Lost In Austen, The Black Dahlia).

Bouquet of Barbed Wire explores the consequences of a father’s obsessive love for his daughter and how secrets once buried in the past return to haunt their lives. Trevor Eve plays Peter Manson, whose apparently successful life is turned upside down when his beloved teenage daughter Prue reveals she’s pregnant by her teacher, Gavin Sorenson. The very heart of the family is threatened as Peter has an intuitive sense that Gavin’s on a personal quest for revenge.

Commissioned by ITV’s Controller of Drama Commissioning, Sally Haynes, A Bouquet of Barbed Wire is adapted for ITV by independent production company Mammoth Screen, and is executive produced by joint managing directors Michele Buck and Damien Timmer. Kate McKerrell produces the 3 x 30 min drama.

“We’re delighted Guy Andrews agreed to adapt A Bouquet of Barbed Wire for ITV,” said Sally. “It’s a timeless, multi-layered tale of a family torn apart by secrets from the past. It created a stir during the 1970’s when first produced for television, and 30 years on we’re convinced a modern day audience will be just as intrigued by its themes of paternal jealousy and intense familial relationships.”

Executive Producer for Mammoth Screen Damien Timmer said: “The original TV version of A Bouquet of Barbed Wire was one of the most controversial dramas of its era, busting taboos which still have the power to shock decades later. Guy has brought a thrilling, modern sensibility to the story,” he added.

Central to the drama are the characters of Peter (Trevor Eve), his daughter Prue (Imogen Poots), his wife Cassie (Hermione Norris) and Gavin (Tom Riley).

As the story unfolds, architect Peter employs twenty-something Sarah Francis (Jemima Rooper). Consequently, Peter and Cassie’s relationship becomes increasingly distant, as Peter tries to overcome the aching fear that he’s lost his daughter, and embarks on an affair with Sarah. With Peter’s marriage at breaking point, his increased erratic behaviour and facing financial ruin, it’s only a matter of time before the truth about his past is revealed.