“Sing? Sing? What song should I sing? Mary Ann Cotton is tied up in string”
ITV’s chilling two part drama Dark Angel is set to debut on TV screens this autumn, one year on from filming in Yorkshire and County Durham, with investment from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund.
Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt stars as serial killer Mary Ann, a poisoner whose methods leave no visible scars, allowing her tally of victims to mount, unsuspected by a Victorian society unable to conceive of a woman capable of such terrible crimes. Traveling around the North East, she insinuates herself into unsuspecting families, marrying and creating new families of her own – before killing them, taking their money and moving on.
Dark Angel also features Alun Armstrong (New Tricks, Penny Dreadful), Jonas Armstrong (Edge of Tomorrow, Robin Hood), Laura Morgan (Torchwood, Suspicions of Mr Whicher), Sam Hoare (Life in Squares) Emma Fielding (Arthur & George, DCI Banks) and Penny Layden (Call the Midwife).
We meet Mary Ann as a loving wife and mother, newly returned to her native North East of England. But faced with poverty and an ailing husband, we see how ruthlessly determined she is to pursue her desires and a better life ..
Mary Ann is a very female serial killer, a poisoner whose methods leave no visible scars, allowing her tally of victims to mount unsuspected by a Victorian society unable to believe a woman capable of such terrible crimes. Travelling around the North East, she insinuates herself into unsuspecting families, marrying and creating new families of her own – before killing them, taking their money and moving on.
Through adultery, bigamy, fraud and murder, Mary Ann betters herself socially and financially. But the more she kills, the greater the risk her crimes will finally be exposed …
Dark Angel filmed in Yorkshire and County Durham, with investment from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund. Filming locations included York (Castlegate House, Rowntree Park, Clementhorpe, Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate) Saltburn-By-Sea (beach front, The Ship Inn) and Hull (South Dalton Estate).
International Distribution is undertaken by Endemol Shine. ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea have commissioned the drama.
“Dark Angel is an extraordinary and chilling true story,” said Victoria. “We’re delighted to have an actress of Joanne Froggatt’scalibre in the lead role. The combination of a tautlywritten script, an outstanding cast and great producers in World Productions make this a really exciting addition to the ITV drama slate.”
Dark Angel is written by Gwyneth Hughes (The Girl, Five Days) and will be directed by Emmy and BAFTA award-winner Brian Percival (Downton Abbey).
The drama is produced by Jake Lushington (The Bletchley Circle,The Devil’s Whore) and executive produced by Kirstie Macdonald (The Fear) and Simon Heath (Code of a Killer, Line of Duty) on behalf of World Productions.
Executive Producer Simon Heath said: “We’ve long been huge fans of Gwyn, Brian and Joanne’s work, so it’s a real privilege to bring all three together on one unique drama”
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