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John Simm and Maxine Peake head to BBC's Village

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Story by Jack Foley

JOHN Simm and Maxine Peake are to unite for new BBC1 drama The Village.

Based on a script by Peter Moffat (of Silk faame), the show will follow the turbulent lives of the residents of an English village across the 20th Century.

Due for broadcast next year (2013), the show will be filmed on location in the Peak District by Antonia Bird and will comprise six episodes.

Simm and Peake will play parents who struggle to provide for their family, including their youngest child Bert Middleton (played by newcomer Bill Jones) and their second son Joe (Upstairs Downstairs actor Nico Mirallegro).

The cast is rounded out by Misfits‘ actor Charlie Murphy, as village newcomer Martha Lane, who has a big impact on Bert’s life, as well as Anthony Flanagan (Being Human), Annabelle Apsion (Shameless), Joe Armstrong (Robin Hood), Matt Stokoe (Misfits) and Stephen Walters (The 51st State).

Commenting on the appeal of the project, Peake said: “Beautiful writing – a period piece where we’re not focusing on the decision makers but the working people. It’s so great to see the other side – changes within a chain of social and political life, in minutiae.

“My character Grace channels all her energy into her family with a focus on ambition and the idea of freedom for her sons. Women moving into the workplace as the men went to fight and finding independence.”

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