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Christopher Eccleston to star in new Northern Ireland-based family drama for the BBC

The BBC has announced a new family drama set and filmed in Northern Ireland, which will star Christopher Eccleston and Belfast actress Paula Malcomson.

Come Home will be a three-part series which 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.

Malcomson said of her new role: “After working in the US for 25 years I am thrilled to back home working for the second time in a year telling working class stories for a thinking, feeling audience.”

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Paula Malcomson

The series was written by BAFTA and International Emmy award-winning screenwriter Danny Brocklehust and is produced by RED Production Company for BBC One.

Brocklehurst said: “Chris and Paula are two of the UK's finest actors and I couldn't be more thrilled to have them in Come Home.

"The drama takes Greg and Marie on a hugely emotional journey as it explores the fallout from a mother leaving her children and it requires actors of their calibre to pull it off.  I've been a fan of Chris Eccleston ever since I first saw him in Cracker and have wanted to work with him my entire career. Paula is a stunning character actress who brings credibility and depth to every role she plays. Their combination promises to be amazing.”

Eccleston added: “I'm very proud to be working with Danny Brocklehurst, RED Production Company, the BBC and Paula Malcomson on this challenging and provocative drama.”

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

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