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The BBC has unveiled first-look images for The Way, the bold new drama written by James Graham, directed by Michael Sheen, and created by Sheen, Graham and Adam Curtis, developed and executive produced by Bethan Jones.

Made for the BBC by Wales-based company Red Seam in association with Little Door Productions, The Way was filmed in and around Port Talbot and will air on BBC One and iPlayer next year. The three-part drama tells the story of an ordinary family caught up in an extraordinary chain of events that ripple out from their home town.

Steffan Rhodri (Steeltown Murders, Gavin and Stacey), Mali Harries (Keeping Faith, Hinterland), Sophie Melville (The Pact, Iphigenia In Splott), Callum Scott Howells (It's A Sin, Cabaret) and Michael Sheen (Staged, Good Omens) lead the cast as the Driscoll family, with Maja Laskowska (Trigonometry, Baptiste) as a young woman caught up in the family’s escape.

Luke Evans (Nine Perfect Strangers, The Pembrokeshire Murders) stars as Hogwood, a mercenary in pursuit of the Driscolls, with Tom Cullen (The Gold, Weekend), Danny Sapani (Killing Eve, The Diplomat), Mark Lewis Jones (Outlander, The Crown), Paul Rhys (Discovery of Witches, Chaplin), Erin Richards (The Crown, Gotham).

Plus Aneurin Barnard (The Catch, 1899), Catherine Ayers (The Light in the Hall, Keeping Faith), Patrick Baladi (Breeders, Line of Duty), Georgia Tennant (Staged, Doctor Who), Jonathan Nefydd (Pobol y Cwm, Grav), and Matthew Aubrey (Keeping Faith, World on Fire) all playing key roles across the series. Child actor Teilo James Le Masurier will make his screen debut as Rhys, the Driscolls' 4 year old grandson.

Ambitious, powerful and surprising, The Way taps into the social and political chaos of today’s world by imagining a civil uprising which begins in a small industrial town. Fleeing unrest, The Driscolls are forced to escape the country they’ve always called home and the certainties of their old lives. Will they be overwhelmed by their memories of the past, or will they lay their ghosts to rest and take the risk of an unknown future?

Writer James Graham says: “Working with Michael Sheen and Adam Curtis on building this story has been one of those “pinch-me” moments in the life of a writer. To tell a story set in Michael’s home community, and tapping into all the political and social themes of the moment - strikes, division, chaos and a loss of control - all while infusing it, we hope, with humour, magic and imagination has been the most creatively satisfying experience."

Co-creator Adam Curtis says: “This is a really timely way to examine one of the great puzzles of this moment - why is it so hard to imagine a better, or even just different, kind of future for this country? What is holding us back? I can't think of two more amazing people to do that with than James and Michael."

The Way (3x60’) is made by Red Seam for the BBC in association with Little Door Productions. The Way is a co-commissioned with BBC Cymru Wales and will air on BBC One and iPlayer.


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