'Walking Dead', 'Broadchurch' actors to star in new BBC drama

Two actors fresh off highly rated and highly acclaimed series in the US and UK have signed to appear in a new BBC mini-series.

David Morrissey

"The 7:39" stars Olivia Colman ("Broadchurch") and David Morrissey ("The Walking Dead") as a happily married couple struggling through the monotony of everday life. Morrissey portrays Carl Matthews, the patriarch of a Waterloo family who must fight through a miserable commute and an equally miserable crowd every morning on the 7:39 train. Carl's predictable life is upended when he argues over a seat with new passenger Sally Thom ("Gavin & Stacey"'s Sheridan Smith), freshly extracted from London and unsure about the direction of her life.

The two part romantic drama series comes from creator and writer David Nicholls ("One Day", "Tess of the D'Urbervilles"), who said of the project, "'The 7:39' is a love story for grown-ups, the sort of drama that has not been seen on television for a while. I'm delighted to be writing for the BBC again and working with such a terrific cast and production team."

The drama will be helmed by director John Alexander ("Quirke", "White Heat") and produced by Carnival Films, the people behind the immensely popular "Downton Abbey." Sally Woodward Gentle, producer for Carnival, commented, "We are excited to be involved in a project, not just with David Nicholls, but with the extraordinary talent of David Morrissey, Sheridan Smith, Olivia Colman and Sean Maguire. You couldn't imagine a stronger team."

Nicholls' "One Day" was a truly unique little romantic drama, one that flew under many viewers' radars despite it starring current heartthrobs Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. If the writer can replicate that originality for his latest project, "The 7:39" could be one to look out for.

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