Three Families, a new BBC drama set in Northern Ireland, is set between 2013 and 2019, before the change to abortion legislation. The two-part series will explore the issues around abortion through the real stories of three local women*.
The cast includes Little Boy Blue actress Sinead Keenan, Lola Petticrew from Bloodlands, Amy James-Kelly (Gentleman Jack) and Genevieve O’Reilly (The Dry). Further cast includes Colin Morgan (Humans), Owen McDonnell (Killing Eve), Prasanna Puwanarajah (Defending the Guilty) and Kerri Quinn (Coronation Street).
Writer, Gwyneth Hughes said: "I knew the law was different, but I had no idea what that really meant until I went to Northern Ireland and met some of the families involved. I’ve been deeply touched by their experiences and feel honoured to be asked to share their stories. I think the contributors will all be moved, as I am, by the extraordinary truthfulness and emotional depth that these wonderful actors bring to their stories."
Susan Hogg, executive producer, said: "Growing up in Northern Ireland I was always aware of the heated debate surrounding the issue of abortion and this is a story I’ve wanted to tell for many years. Three Families goes behind the headlines to tell the true stories of women and girls and their loved ones who have been deeply affected by the law and some of those who worked to change it."
Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, said: "Following months of detailed research, Gwyneth and the Studio Lambert team will help audiences get an insight into how abortion law has affected many different women and their families.
“Their stories are powerful, personal and memorable."
Three Families is coming soon to BBC One.
*Names and details have been changed to ensure the anonymity of the real-life contributors.