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29th May 2024

Derry Girls star joins ‘epic new crime drama’

Simon Kelly

Derry Girls star new crime drama

She’s starring alongside Sean Bean.

Derry Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson has joined the cast of an “epic new crime drama” on the BBC.

The series titled This City is Ours is currently filming in Liverpool and Spain and Jackson is on board to play the character Cheryl Crawford.

The eight-part series is created and written by Stephen Butchard (The Last Kingdom) and directed by Saul Dibb (The Salisbury Poisonings) and follows a man’s journey as he falls in love for the first time and sees in his future something to win and something to lose, which is set against the backdrop of the disintegration of his gang.

Set in Liverpool, This City is Ours also stars Sean Bean, James Nelson-Joyce (The Covenant), Hannah Onslow (Empire of Light), and Jack McMullen (Hijack).

Derry Girls star joins ‘epic new crime drama’

The BBC describes the crime drama as follows: “This City is Ours is the story of Michael (Nelson-Joyce), a man who for all of his adult life has been involved in organised crime, working for his friend and the gang leader Ronnie (Bean).

“When Ronnie begins to hint at retirement, Michael too begins to imagine another life. Because, for the first time in his life, Michael is in love. For the first time in his life, he sees beyond the day-to-day, he sees a future: something to win and something to lose – Diana (Onslow).

“This City is Ours is the story of Michael and Diana’s love affair, set against the disintegration of Michael’s crime gang.

“For years, together with Ronnie, Michael has successfully been bringing cocaine into the city and beyond, directly from Colombia; but when a shipment goes missing, he knows their kingdom is under attack.

“This City is Ours explores what happens when Ronnie’s son Jamie (McMullen) decides he wants to inherit their kingdom and that there is no longer a place for Michael at the table.

“Both Michael and Jamie have bold ideas to modernise the gang and they will battle for control of it. But Michael’s biggest battle will be to save the woman he loves and the child he has always wanted.”

Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, says: “It’s a joy to see cameras rolling on This City Is Ours with a glorious cast who have made Stephen Butchard’s sublime scripts even more exciting. Under the skilful direction of Saul Dibb, BBC viewers are in for one hell of a ride.”

Jackson, who rose to fame with the Channel 4 Irish comedy, is also set to star in upcoming Netflix black comedy The Decameron.

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