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Anna Friel, Rosalind Eleazar and Sinead Keenan to head ITV drama Deep Water

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MULTI-award winning actresses Anna Friel, Sinead Keenan and Rosalind Eleazar have joined the cast of new ITV thriller, Deep Water.

Set against the beautiful and imposing backdrop of the Lake District, the six part series will follow the lives of three complex and vibrant women, each struggling to keep their heads above very deep water. The women in question are connected by the school gates, each with children around the same age.

Friel (of Marcella and Butterfly fame) plays mother of three, Lisa Kallisto, who juggles her hectic family life with running a business, which keeps her occupied at all hours. Chaotic and disorganised, Lisa, is married to Joe who works night and day as a taxi driver.

Keenan (Little Boy Blue) plays physiotherapist Roz, a woman who once had a thriving private practice, only to have found that the debts run up by her soul-mate Winston have left the family facing financial ruin.

If she can pay off their debts, they will get their lives back on track. But when Roz is offered help from an unexpected quarter, the decision she makes could change the course of her life.

Eleazar (Howard’s End, Rellik) plays Kate Riverty, a wealthy and attractive woman with a well-drilled and highly organised family life. Mother to Lucinda and Fergus, and married to Guy, Kate invites her friend Lisa and husband Joe to dinner, but the evening goes spectacularly wrong for Lisa after she makes a spontaneous decision.

Deep Water is written by Anna Symon (Indian Summers, The Wilsons) and adapted from the Windermere series of novels by critically-acclaimed author, Paula Daly.

Commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, the drama aims to take a modern look at families, the pressure of juggling busy lives, and offers an exploration of what it means to be a ‘perfect’ mother.

Hill commented: “[Writer] Anna has cleverly woven together two of Paula’s brilliant novels, to create a wonderful modern and layered series. It’s about three very different women on their own incredible and often shocking journeys, whose lives connect at the school gates.

“It’s funny, sexy, truthful and often outrageous, and should have the audience asking what they would do to hold their own family together. I am delighted to be working with Kudos on this great new series for ITV.”

Filming for Deep Water begins in the Cumbrian countryside this week (September 3, 2018), with an air date expected some time in 2019.