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Suranne Jones’ New ITVX Drama Features A Grease Legend

And she’s not too pure to be pink.

by Bustle UK
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ITVX’s forthcoming series Maryland centres on the complex relationship between two sisters, who have drifted apart due to increasingly complicated family dynamics. And if that doesn’t sound thrilling enough, screen stalwart Suranne Jones not only takes on a lead role, but also co-created the hotly-anticipated series. The Gentleman Jack favourite will be joined by a host of talented names when she travels to Ireland to film the project. In the meantime, if you’re keen to learn more about the series, you can find out everything there is to know about ITVX’s Maryland, below.

Maryland Cast

Leading the cast of Maryland is BAFTA award-winner Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack, Doctor Foster), who portrays the down-to-earth character of Becca. Eve Best (House of the Dragon) portrays Becca’s high-flying sister, Rosaline. Meanwhile, Stockard Channing, beloved for playing Grease legend Rizzo, will portray Cathy, a friend of the ladies’ mum in the ITV series.

Hugh Quarshie (Stephen), Dean Lennox Kelly (Jamestown), and Andrew Knott (Ackley Bridge) will also play significant roles.

Maryland Plot

Alongside Jones, the three-part drama is co-created by screenwriter Anne-Marie O’Connor and tells the story of two estranged sisters, Becca and Rosaline, who are brought together when the body of their mother is found on the Isle of Man. The sisters soon discover that their mother had been living a double life, having left their father and created another world for herself, known as Maryland.

Maryland focuses upon the relationship between the sisters, who have been driven apart by complex family dynamics, becoming estranged and wrapped up in their own lives,” a synopsis reads.

ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, adds: “Maryland is a beautifully moving story of two sisters, and it’s hard to believe this is Anne-Marie’s first original drama commission. It’s a story developed by Suranne Jones and Anne-Marie, and it has been wonderful working with them to bring this story to screen. It has a wonderful cast lead by Suranne Jones and Eve Best and we are delighted that Sue Tully is directing. It promises to be a wonderful family drama for ITVX.”

Discussing the upcoming drama, Jones said she is “so excited” to be working on the project. “Maryland delves into family dynamics and the way in which we ‘label’ each other, sometimes never letting ourselves or our siblings break free from those roles,” she said, in a network press release. “We look at how we grow apart from one another and how sometimes we don’t really know anything about the people we call our own.”

Maryland Release Date

The show’s exact release date is yet to be announced, but it is scheduled to premiere in 2023. We’ll be sure to keep you updated, once we know more.

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