The BBC has announced further casting for its upcoming detective thriller The Jetty, a series that will reportedly wrestle with complex questions of sexual morality and identity
The four-part series stars Jenna Coleman as Ember Manning, a rookie detective called in to investigate after a fire tears through a holiday home in a scenic Lancashire lake town. Manning must work out how this dark event connects to a podcast journalist investigating a missing person's cold case and an illicit love triangle between a man in his twenties and two underage girls.
The series hails from creator Cat Jones (Harlots) and marks Coleman's first turn in a detective drama or procedural-style crime series. The actress was most recently seen in Prime Video's revenge thriller Wilderness and has portrayed roles as varied as the famous British queen Victoria and a Doctor Who companion.
Coleman will be joined by an A-list supporting cast that includes Archie Renaux (Shadow and Bone), Laura Marcus (The Serpent Queen), Bo Bragason (The Ballad of Renegade Nell), Amelia Bullmore (Gentleman Jack), Ruby Stokes (Lockwood & Co.), Tom Glynn-Carney (House of the Dragon), Weruche Opia (I May Destroy You), Matthew McNulty (Domina), Ralph Ineson (Nosferatu), David Ajala (Star Trek: Discovery), Nina Barker-Francis (The Flash), Miya Ocego (I Hate Suzie), Elliot Cowan (The Crown), Shannon Watson, Arthur Hughes (Help) and Dominic Coleman (Paddington).
Here's the series' synopsis.
In the four-part series, a fire tears through a holiday home in a scenic Lancashire lake town. Detective Ember Manning must work out how it connects to a podcast journalist investigating a missing persons cold case and an illicit ‘love’ triangle between a man in his twenties and two underage girls.
But as Ember gets close to the truth, it threatens to destroy her life – forcing her to re-evaluate everything she thought she knew about her past, present and the town she’s always called home.
As much a coming-of-age story as a detective thriller, The Jetty asks big questions about sexual morality, identity and memory, in the places that Me Too has left behind.
“I’m thrilled to have such an amazing cast join Jenna Coleman in The Jetty," Jones said in a statement. "It’s been incredibly exciting to see my characters being brought to life by such a talented group of actors.”
The four-part series is produced by Firebird Pictures, one of BBC Studios’ owned production labels, which also worked with Coleman on Wilderness and The Cry. Written and created by Jones, its director is Marialy Rivas (Young & Wild). Executive producers are Elizabeth Kilgarriff, Sarah Wyatt, Jones, Rivas, and Coleman, alongside Jo McClellan for the BBC.
"I’m delighted to be returning to the BBC to be a part of The Jetty, with Firebird Pictures at the helm, bringing the story of Ember Manning to life," Coleman said in a statement when the series was first announced. " I look forward to exploring Cat Jones’ darkly probing scripts, alongside Marialy Rivas’ eloquent vision."
The Jetty doesn't have an airdate yet --- nor an American distributor --- but it is expected to arrive in 2024.