Tuesday, 18 January 2011


[13.35 - French Time] ITV has just announced that the first episode of Marchlands (formerly The Oaks), a five-part series from ITV Studios,will be aired by ITV1 on Thursday, 3 February 2011.

Marchlands is the British remake of The Oaks, a 2008 unpicked pilot developed for American network Fox and which followed three different families living in the same house in the 1960’s, 1980’s and present day. These families were linked by the spirit of the 1960’s family’s daughter, who died in mysterious circumstances.

The new drama is the fruit of a 2008 deal between ITV Studios and Fox to identify properties on their respective slates that could be developed for the other’s home market. The original pilot, written by David Schulner, featured British actress Sienna Guillory and a pre-Glee Matthew Morrison. Marchlands is the first commission to come from the collaboration between ITV Studios and Fox and is written by Stephen Greenhorn.

Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER) and Jodie Whittaker star alongside Dean Andrews (Ashes to Ashes), Shelley Conn, Elliot Cowan, Denis Lawson, etc. Kate Bartlett, Kate Lewis and Stephen Greenhorn exec produce and Chrissy Skinns produces. The 5 x 60-minute series is directed by James Kent and filmed on location around London.


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