Wednesday, 21 March 2018
UKTV announces new original drama series Flack, for W, starring Academy Award® winner Anna Paquin
UKTV has commissioned its first ever drama series for premium entertainment channel W. UKTV Original Flack (6x60'), set in the world of high-stakes public relations, stars Academy Award winning, Golden Globe winning and Emmy(R)-nominated actress Anna Paquin (The Piano, True Blood, X-Men).
Flack stars Paquin as the sharp and witty publicity maven Robyn, who's an expert at her craft but a complete self-saboteur when it comes to her personal life.
Anna Paquin said:
"Oliver Lansley has written six of the best scripts I've ever read. He walks that fine line between intense character driven drama and exceptionally intelligent humour. My character, Robyn, exists in a world where there are no moral absolutes and humour is used as a sharply executed defence mechanism to maintain the illusion of perpetual control. I am incredibly excited about tackling the creative complexities of Flack as an actress and for my company CASM's collaboration with W and Pop."
The cast and characters for Flack are:
Anna Paquin, who is also Executive Producer, plays Robyn; an expert at her craft but a self-saboteur in her personal life. It's her job to fix other people's lives despite the fact she is incapable of fixing her own. Plagued with inner demons, Robyn's high-stakes and fast-paced career offers an essential distraction from her own disasters.
Robyn's boss and head of PR company Mills Paulson is Caroline, played by Sophie Okonedo. Caroline is a formidable and highly capable woman who takes no prisoners and makes no excuses. Dry as a bone with a sharp tongue and a sharper wit, she is an exceptionally observant character who's seen and done it all over many years at the top of her game.
Genevieve Angelson plays Ruth, Robyn's sister, confidant and emotional rock. A mother of two who loves her children but can't help longing for the life she used to enjoy before their arrival, Ruth is intent on trying to keep her inner fire alive - even if that is often only possible vicariously through her wayward sister.
Lydia Wilson stars as Eve, Robyn's foul-mouthed best friend and colleague. Eve comes from a world of money, influence and privilege, but knows it and owns it. At turns hilarious and deeply shocking, Eve represents the dark heart of the series, a morally bankrupt character who will ultimately face betrayal from those closest to her.
Rebecca Benson is cast as Melody, the new girl in the workplace in her first week as an interm. Having only recently arrived in London, Melody finds herself thrown into the bear pit of Mills Paulson PR where she must eventually make a decision as to how much of her personal life she's prepared to sacrifice on the altar of her chosen profession.
Arinzé Kene plays Robyn's charming and tolerant boyfriend, Sam. A playboy in his younger years, Sam's wild side helps make him a great match for Robyn, but he's now doing his best to grow up, calm down and focus on starting a family - an ambition that Robyn feels ambivalent about at best.
Marc Warren plays Tom, a damaged but charming ex-dancer whom Robyn meets through her NA meetings. Whilst Robyn ends up setting Tom up as potential boyfriend material for Eve, there's clearly an attraction between them - Tom has a fragility that's different to Sam - and that Robyn perhaps sees in herself.
Rufus Jones stars as Ruth's comfortably old-fashioned husband, Mark. A doting family man who feels it's his duty to provide for his family, Mark is nevertheless de-stablilised by events of his own making early on in the series and must come to terms with the type of man he is, or aspires to be.
Additional casting includes; Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek, Whites) Andrew Leung (Doctor Who), Lloyd Everitt (Casualty) Indra Ove (Resident Evil), Tsion Habte (Liar), Rebecca Scroggs (EastEnders), Chu Omambala (Doctor Who), Holli Dempsey (Black Mirror), and Amy Huberman (Striking Out).