Gripping Five-Part Psychological Drama Adapted from Alex Dahl’s Best-Selling Novel
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LONDON, U.K. (August 23, 2023) – Disney+ announced today the cast of upcoming five-part thriller, “Playdate” (w/t), produced by Quay Street Productions and Brightstar. The series stars Denise Gough (“Andor”, “Under the Banner of Heaven”), Holliday Grainger (“Strike”, “The Capture”), Ambika Mod (“I Hate Suzie”, “This Is Going to Hurt”), Jim Sturgess (“Cloud Atlas”, “One Day”), Bronagh Waugh (“The Suspect”, “Ridley”), and Michael Workeye (“My Lady Jane”, “This Is Going to Hurt”). The series is adapted by Catherine Moulton (“Baptiste”, “Hijack”) from Alex Dahl’s best-selling novel of the same name, and directed by Eva Husson (“Mothering Sunday”, “Girls of the Sun”, “Hanna”).
Elisa’s world is turned upside down when her young daughter Lucia is kidnapped at a sleepover. Who is the mystery woman who took Lucia, and what secrets does she know about Elisa?
The series is executive produced by Nicola Shindler (“Nolly”, “Stay Close”, “It’s A Sin”) for Quay Street Productions; Tanya Seghatchian and John Woodward (“The Power of the Dog”, “Cold War”) for Brightstar; Johanna Devereaux, VP of Scripted Content for Disney+ EMEA; and Alex Dahl, Eva Husson and Catherine Moulton. James Dean (“Better”, “Liar”) will produce.
Production has commenced this summer in the UK and France.
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About Quay Street Productions (part of ITV Studios)
Quay Street Productions was founded by multi-award-winning producer Nicola Shindler OBE in 2021, to make contemporary, provocative, entertaining, and engaging drama for U.K. and global audiences.
The production company, which is part of ITV Studios, builds on Shindler’s reputation to deliver compelling drama, with her previous credits including It’s A Sin, Stay Close, Ridley Road, Finding Alice, The Stranger, Happy Valley and Queer As Folk. Based in Manchester, Quay Street Productions puts the writers and talent at the centre of the production process. Welcoming voices from all different backgrounds, Quay Street Productions promotes a diversity of storytelling working with new and established writers.
Quay Street’s inaugural drama Nolly, written by Russell T Davies and starring Helena Bonham Carter, was released on ITVX in early 2023, followed by comedic-drama Significant Other, written by Dana Fainaru and Hamish Wright and starring Katherine Parkinson and Youssef Kerkour, which also launched on ITVX. Quay Street is currently in production on After the Flood, written by Mick Ford and starring Sophie Rundle, for ITV; Harlan Coben’s Fool Me Once, with Danny Brocklehurst as lead writer and starring Michelle Keegan, Joanna Lumley and Richard Armitage, for Netflix; Men Up, written by Matthew Barry and starring Iwan Rheon, Aneurin Barnard and Alexandra Roach, for BBC One; and The Red King, written by Toby Whithouse and starring Anjli Mohindra, Adjoa Andoh, Marc Warren and Jill Halfpenny, for UKTV’s Alibi.
BRIGHTSTAR is the London based production company founded by Tanya Seghatchian and John Woodward. Tanya was a producer on the HARRY POTTER film franchise, Pawel Pawlikowski’s feature COLD WAR, and an Executive Producer on the Netflix TV series, THE CROWN. John was previously CEO at both the British Film Institute and UK Film Council. Tanya and John most recently produced Jane Campion’s Bafta, Golden Globe, and Academy Award® winning feature film THE POWER OF THE DOG