ITV commissions new David Jason drama
ITV has commissioned a new one-off drama which will star veteran actor Sir David Jason.
Sir David Jason is to star in an emotional, contemporary family drama for ITV1 entitled Come Rain Come Shine. In his first role since he completed filming the final episodes of ITV1’s iconic A Touch of Frost, Sir David will play cockney ex-docker Don, a man whose family means everything to him. Married to Dora, played by acclaimed actress Alison Steadman, the retired couple have two grown-up children, David and Joanne.
Written and developed by award winning writer Jeff Pope, the story focuses on Don’s determination to keep his family afloat, emotionally and financially, after they lose virtually everything. Don’s strong family values and simple lifestyle contrast vividly with the life his son David, (Shaun Evans), has carved for himself. With his elegant wife, Christina, and young son, Cameron, David lives in a big detached home nestling in a quiet, idyllic cul-de-sac. With Bentleys and flash cars on the driveway, property developer David lives the high life and mixes in circles alien to his working class upbringing.
However, all is not what it seems and we soon come to realise David is teetering on the brink of financial meltdown. ‘Come Rain Come Shine’ is a modern tale of how superficial life can be if you chase credit with no means to pay and no back up plan. Initially blissfully ignorant of his son’s problems, Don views David through rose-tinted spectacles. He’ll not have a bad word said about his son and is his constant champion. Dora, on the other hand, appears more realistic and often questions his affluent lifestyle. Sister Joanne (Kellie Bright) also appears estranged form her wealthy brother as she struggles along as a single parent.
“For obvious reasons Sir David has been nervous of playing cockney characters, but I think he felt the chance to say something about the kind of reckless reliance on credit that has almost brought us to our knees was too good to miss” – Jeff Pope.
‘Come Rain Come Shine’ will be executive produced by Jeff Pope, Sir David Jason and David Reynolds, who has been responsible for producing the highly successful, A Touch of Frost, Diamond Geezer and Ghost Boat with Sir David. David Reynolds has also produced Sir David’s next film for ITV1, Albert’s Memorial, a single film which is due to transmit later this year.
“We’re delighted to have commissioned Come Rain Come Shine as it’s a wonderfully compassionate script about the importance of family and what happens when there’s the chance you might lose everything” – Laura Mackie, ITV’s Director of Drama Commissioning,
Come Rain Come Shine is a 120 minute single drama to be directed by David Drury. Filming begins in Leeds during June 2010 and will continue for four weeks.