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Wednesday 4 October 2023

Channel 4’s Distinctive New Thriller Truelove - New Images

Channel 4 has unveiled a first look at "Truelove," a distinctive thriller with a twist, brought to you by Clerkenwell Films, the creative team acclaimed for the BAFTA award-winning series "The End of the F'ing World." Penned by Iain Weatherby (known for "Humans") and co-created in collaboration with Charlie Covell ("The End of the F'ing World"), this drama series is set to premiere on Channel 4 early next year.

The released images showcase Lindsay Duncan (renowned for "Birdman" and "About Time") as Phil, a retired ex-police chief leading a comfortable albeit mundane retirement, and Clarke Peters ("The Wire," "Da 5 Bloods") as Ken, a divorcee and ex-special forces veteran who shares a similar sense of being adrift. Phil and Ken were once teenage sweethearts and despite life having moved forward, they've never quite managed to erase each other from their thoughts. The visuals also introduce fellow friends Sue Johnston ("The Royle Family") as Marion, Karl Johnson ("Mum") as Tom, Peter Egan ("Downton Abbey") as David, and Kiran Sonia Sawar ("Murdered by My Father") as Ayesha, a young police officer with an inkling that there's more to these friends than meets the eye. The ensemble cast also includes Phil Davis ("Trying") as Nigel and Fiona Button ("The Split") as Kate.

Breaking the conventional portrayal of older characters on screen, "Truelove" features a core cast in their 70s and challenges ageist stereotypes. This series promises exhilarating plot twists, irreverent humor, and impassioned romance. This group of old friends makes a pact in the throes of intoxication: instead of enduring a slow and agonizing decline, they pledge to support each other in orchestrating a dignified passing. In essence, they'll assist each other in passing away when the time is right, deeming it an act of "Truelove." However, what begins as a whimsical notion soon takes a startling turn into reality.

"Truelove" grapples with complex ethical inquiries—is it ever morally acceptable to aid in ending a life? It also weaves a tale of love reignited, as a long-extinguished romantic connection is rekindled between two individuals who missed their chance with each other when they were younger. It offers them a second shot at experiencing the love of their lives before time slips away.

Produced by Clerkenwell Films ("The End of the F***ing World") for Channel 4, "Truelove" was commissioned by Channel 4's Head of Drama, Caroline Hollick, and Commissioning Editor, Rebecca Holdsworth. The executive producers at Clerkenwell Films are Emily Harrison, Andy Baker, Petra Fried, and Charlie Langdell, with Charlie Covell and Iain Weatherby also serving as executive producers. The directors for the series are Chloë Wicks ("The Flatshare," "On the Edge: Cradled") and Carl Tibbetts ("The Tunnel," "Black Mirror"), with Alex Walsh-Taylor ("Cheaters," "Lovesick") as the producer. BBC Studios, the complete owner of Clerkenwell Films, is handling international distribution for the series.

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