ITV press release Joe Maddison’s War

Press Release September 2, 2010

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KEVIN WHATELY (Lewis, The Children) leads the cast as shipyard worker Joe Maddison. Written by multi-awarding winning writer Alan Plater (The Last of The British Bombshells, A Very British Coup), produced by Mammoth Screen, and commissioned by ITV, the 1 x 120 min drama was filmed on location in Newcastle.

Whately stars alongside, ROBSON GREEN (Wire In The Blood, Northern Lights), DEREK JACOBI (The Old Curiosity Shop, Cadfael), MELANIE HILL (Stardust, The Street), TREVOR FOX (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Emmerdale), and JOHN WOODVINE (Vanity Fair, Z Cars).

Set in Newcastle in 1939, Joe Maddison’s War features shipyard worker Joe (Kevin Whately) who feels emasculated and past his prime; too old to serve in the war, and he’s shocked when his wife leaves him for a younger naval officer. Needing a new challenge, Joe and his friend Harry (Robson Green) reluctantly volunteer to join the Home Guard. A decision which leads Joe on a journey of self discovery, learning lessons of heroism and friendship, and also love.