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Friday 25 August 2023

Jenna Coleman to star in new BBC drama The Jetty

Jenna Coleman, recognized for her roles in "Doctor Who," "The Cry," and "The Serpent," takes the lead as rookie detective Ember Manning in an upcoming thriller titled "The Jetty." The announcement of this exciting new project was made by Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

Set to unfold as a four-part series on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, "The Jetty" follows the trajectory of Ember Manning, a novice detective. The plot revolves around a devastating fire that engulfs a vacation home in a picturesque lake town in Lancashire. Ember finds herself piecing together the puzzle as it links to a podcast journalist's investigation into a cold case involving a missing person, along with a complex 'love' triangle featuring an individual in his twenties and two underage girls.

Yet, as Ember inches closer to unearthing the truth, the revelations threaten to dismantle her existence. She's confronted with the need to reevaluate her entire understanding of her past, her present, and the town she has always called home.

"The Jetty" isn't merely a detective thriller; it also carries the undertones of a coming-of-age narrative. Its themes delve into significant inquiries about sexual ethics, identity, and memory, particularly in the spaces that the Me Too movement might have overlooked.

Writer and creator Cat Jones, known for her contributions to series like "Harlots," "EastEnders," and "Waterloo Road," shares her excitement: "I'm thrilled to be making The Jetty for BBC One. Like millions of people all over the world, I've grown up loving and admiring BBC dramas, so getting to create one really is a dream come true. The Jetty is a story I've wanted to tell for a long time but it wasn't until it found its champions at the fantastically writer friendly Firebird, that it really came to life. What feels like a total dream team continues to grow with the addition of Marialy Rivas to direct and the brilliant Jenna Coleman. I've no doubt audiences are going to be completely transfixed by her as Ember."

Jenna Coleman also expressed her enthusiasm for the project: "I'm delighted to be returning to the BBC to be a part of The Jetty, with Firebird Pictures at the helm, bringing the story of Ember Manning to life. I look forward to exploring Cat Jones' darkly probing scripts, alongside Marialy Rivas' eloquent vision."

With its compelling storyline and a talented team both in front of and behind the camera, "The Jetty" promises to captivate audiences and offer a thought-provoking exploration of complex themes.

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