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David Tennant - Deadwater Fell

David Tennant - Deadwater Fell

David Tennant will star in a new drama for Channel 4 which has the working title of Deadwater Fell. Filming started on Monday 27th May 2019 in Scotland where the four part drama is set. However David didn't film that week as he was involved in Good Omens promotion.

David Tennant will play Tom Kendrick who is a trusted local doctor. Anna Madely will play his wife Kate. Cush Jumbo will star as Jess who was the dead womanís best friend and confidante. Previously Cush appeared in an episode of Torchwood but is most well known for starring in The Good Wife and its spin-off series The Good Fight. Matthew McNulty will also appear as Jessí partner Steve.

The series was written by Daisy Coulam who previously worked on Death In Paradise and Humans. Deadwater Fell is directed by Lynsey Miller and Endemol Shine International will handle distribution. David Tennant is listed as an executive producer.

The quote from the press release by David Tennant is "Daisy Coulam has written something very special, chilling and fascinating with these scripts. I am honoured and delighted to be part of telling this extraordinary story."

No broadcast date has been announced yet for when it will be shown on Channel 4 (although it's expected to be around January 2020) nor whether any other countries will purchase the rights to broadcast it.

David accidentally let slip during promotion for Good Omens the week before filming started that he would be starring in something for Channel 4!

The synopsis of the story is:
'As much as it is an exploration of the anatomy of a terrible crime, Deadwater Fell is equally a forensic dissection of two relationships Ė Kate and Tom, Jess and Steve. BAFTA and NTA-winning David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Good Omens) stars as Tom Kendrick. The local GP, a trusted, admired and much-liked member of the community.

A doting father to three little girls, a loving husband, his marriage to Kate, played by Anna Madeley (Patrick Melrose, The Crown, Utopia) appears nothing short of perfect. Kate teaches at the local primary school working alongside her best friend, and closest confidante, Jess Milner. Jess, played by Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight, The Good Wife, Vera), used to be a bit of an outsider, someone who could never really settle down. But when she met Steve 6 years ago, she quickly moved to Kirkdarroch and made a home with him.

She helps him look after his two sons from his previous marriage with whom he shares custody with his ex. Steve, played by Matthew McNulty (Versailles, Cleaning Up, The Terror), was born and raised in Kirkdarroch.

A Police Sergeant, heís not had to deal with much crime in the sleepy village and their happy life together is only marred by their struggle to have a child of their own. But in one night the illusions of happiness and contentment are shattered as the community is drawn to Kate and Tomís family home in the forest by the flicker of flames and the smell of smoke.

Amid the confusion of the house fire, Kate and her three children are found dead, and Tom, who is found alive, is rushed to hospital. It soon becomes apparent, however, that Kate and her children werenít killed in the fire and the village realise that something unspeakable has happened.

As the fingers of suspicion point first to Tom, then to others as more details of that night emerge, Jess becomes desperate to understand what could have caused such a tragedy, and what secrets lie at the root of this terrible act. She puts everything she has on the line to get to the truth, no matter how difficult that truth may be to accept.'

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June 2019
Director Lynsey Miller tweeted that filming on Deadwater Fell started on Monday 27th May although David didn't film that week as he was involved in Good Omens promotion.
Filming is scheduled for 49 days and currently is expected to be broadcast around January 2020 (subject to change).
A photo of the first filming slate has been posted online. Updated 15/6

David Tennant and Cush Jumbo to star in drama Deadwater Fell for Channel 4.
Filming is believed to start this week in Scotland where the four part drama is set.
David Tennant will play Tom Kendrick who is a trusted local doctor. Cush Jumbo will star as Jess who was the dead womanís best friend and confidante. Updated 5/6


May 2019
David Tennant has just announced on Radio X that he starts working on something next week for Channel Four!
He wouldn't give the name of the project as it has not been officially announced yet. Updated 28/5


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