Sky have announced that today they have begun production on their upcoming original drama series The Lovers, which will star Roisin Gallagher, Johnny Flynn and Conleth Hill.
The drama series follows Janet, a foul-mouthed, hilarious, Belfast supermarket worker who couldn’t give a shit about anything much at all, including her life, and Seamus, a handsome, self-centred, political broadcaster with what looks to be a perfect London life and a celebrity girlfriend.
So when Seamus unexpectedly drops into Janet’s world (literally over the wall and into her backyard) they instantly clash – and yet also find themselves inextricably drawn to each other. Set in Belfast, this is a sexy, funny, fight-y love story about two people who appear to be utterly wrong for each other – yet may just be utterly right.
Roisin Gallagher (whose credits include The Dry and The Fall) will be playing the role of Janet, while Johnny Flynn (whose credits include Beast and Emma) will be playing the role of Seamus. Conleth Hill (whose credits include Game of Thrones and Herself) will be playing the role of Janet’s supermarket boss, Philip.
Liz Lewin and Manpreet Dosanjh, executive producers at Sky Studios, released a joint statement saying:
We can’t wait to start filming The Lovers and see our two brilliant leads, Johnny and Roisin, bring our love-struck odd couple to life. David has written the most unique, funny and heart-warming scripts and we look forward to shooting against the iconic backdrops of Belfast and London.
Roanna Benn and Rebecca de Souza, executive producers at Drama Republic, released a joint statement saying:
We are so excited that David’s beautifully crafted, romantic and subversive story is being brought to life by such a brilliant team and cast – with the hugely talented Justin Martin at the helm.
The upcoming six episode series was commissioned by Gabriel Silver, Director of Commissioning for Drama at Sky Studios for Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky UK. Hannah Pescod will also serve as executive producer alongside Lewin, Dosanjh, Benn and de Souza, with Chris Martin serving as producer. The Lovers is written by David Ireland and being directed by Justin Martin.