Wednesday, 21 July 2010


[14.56 - French Time] Ten weeks of principal photography have begun on supernatural drama The Oaks (working title), a new five-part series from ITV Studios.

Mentioned in March as one of the three shows which will replace The Bill on ITV1, The Oaks is the British remake of a 2008 unpicked pilot developed for American network Fox. It follows three different families living in the same house in the 1960’s, 1980’s and present day. These families are linked by the spirit of the 1960’s family’s daughter, who died in mysterious circumstances.

The Oaks 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. This new drama 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 min series is directed by James Kent and filmed on location around London.

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