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Derry director Andrea Harkin to helm BBC drama Come Home


Christopher Eccleston will star in the new BBC drama (Ian West/PA)

Christopher Eccleston will star in the new BBC drama (Ian West/PA)

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Christopher Eccleston will star in the new BBC drama (Ian West/PA)

BBC One's new three-part drama Come Home will be directed by Londonderry's Andrea Harkin, Northern Ireland Screen has announced.

The new series, which will begin filming in Northern Ireland this month, is written by BAFTA and International Emmy award-winning screenwriter Danny Brocklehust.

Come Home will star English actor Christopher Eccleston and Belfast actress Paula Malcomson, and will explore “the messy realities of parenthood, marriage and what happens when a mother switches the reset button on her life”.

Eccleston plays father and husband Greg dealing with the aftermath of his wife Marie, played by Malcomson, walking out on him and their three children.

The series will look at what leads to a mother walking out on her family and what impact it has on everyone, as well as what caused Marie to leave in the first place.

Harkin has previously directed three episodes of BBC3's drama-thriller Clique, starring Aisling Franciosi (The Fall) and Louise Brealey (Sherlock).

Her most recent short film The Party was nominated for a BAFTA for Best British Short 2017 and has screened at many festivals internationally, also winning the nomination for the European Film Awards: Best European Short at the Cork Film Festival.

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Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen, said: “Talent development is a large part of our work here at Northern Ireland Screen and one which we are incredibly passionate about. 

"We are delighted to have been able to support Andrea over recent years and are immensely proud of the progression she has made.

"It is wonderful that she is able to return to Northern Ireland to work on such an exciting network drama project with great talent attached. We wish her and all the cast and crew of Come Home a very successful shoot.”

Come Home will be produced in partnership with the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen.

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