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Midwife star takes on navvy drama

Published 14/05/2015

Jessica Raine has signed up for Jericho, a story set in the industrial revolution
Jessica Raine has signed up for Jericho, a story set in the industrial revolution

Call The Midwife star Jessica Raine has signed up for a historical drama set in the heart of the industrial revolution.

The actress will play Annie Quaintain who runs a boarding house in the Yorkshire shanty town of Jericho which has sprung up around the construction of a huge viaduct.

The eight part series, set in the 1870s, will also feature The Wire star Clarke Peters who will play a railway agent and Mark Addy who plays the leader of the navvies building the viaduct.

ITV's director of drama Steve November said: "Jericho focuses on the creation of a community from nothing and the human stories and epic struggles of survival that will emerge."

Filming starts this month in North Yorkshire.

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