Actors Michael Sheen and Sharon Horgan have been announced as main cast members in the new BBC series Best Interest.
His four-part television series has been created by Bafta Award-winning writer Jack Thorne, formerly known for His Dark Documentaries, Help and Virtue – for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
The series follows a family fighting to save one of their children, who suffers from a life-threatening condition.
Sheen, 53, and Horgan, 51, play a married couple Nicci and Andrew with two daughters – Katie, played by Alison Oliver, and Marnie, played by Niamh Moriarty.
Marnie has a condition so serious that doctors believe it is in her best interest to be allowed to die, however, her family disagrees.
Thorne, 43, also a disability advocate, outlines the family’s battle through each stage of the legal process and their struggle to decide if their daughter should live. or die.
Horgan, known for the comedy series Pulling and Calamity, said: “The most enjoyable things broke my heart the first time I read the script and then again after talking to Jack about it. .
“Covid seems to have shed more light on the desperate inequalities that exist for our disability community, so this feels very timely.
“It’s a big topic but it’s in the safe hands of Jack Thorne and (director) Michael Keillor. I had the pleasure of working on this story with a super talented cast, the amazing Michael Sheen and Noma Dumezweni, and my beautiful daughters Alison Oliver and Niamh Moriarty. ”
I feel so lucky to be a part of this productionMichael Sheen
Sheen added: “Jack Thorne is an extraordinary writer and he approaches this incredibly important and urgent subject with humanity, honesty and humour.
“I feel very fortunate to be a part of this production and to work with the brilliant Sharon Horgan and some of the most talented actors around.”
Thorne, who began his screenwriting career with Shameless and Skins, developed cholinergic urticaria at the age of 20, a disability that causes him to be allergic to outdoor heat, artificial heat and his own body temperature. himself, causing him chronic pain.
During her career Thorne has written a number of television series addressing disability including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Spastic King, Cast Offs, The Solid Life of Sugar Water, Don’t Take My Baby and Crip Tales.
He is also a patron of the Graeae Theater Company, which advocates for the inclusion of the deaf and disabled in the arts.
“The Best Interest cases are both compelling and revealing,” says Thorne. Our country has a very troubled relationship with people with disabilities and these cases highlight that. But our movie is first and foremost a love story and it took incredible actors to make it happen.
“Sharon Horgan and Michael Sheen lead a company of ridiculous talent that can drag you to the most exciting places. I’m so grateful to be working with them, Chapter One, Michael Keillor and such an outstanding crew. ”
Filming of The Most Interesting is currently underway in London and the series will air next year on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/michael-sheen-and-sharon-horgan-to-star-in-new-bbc-family-drama-41453510.html Michael Sheen and Sharon Horgan to star in new BBC family drama