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[04/10/12 - 02:40 PM]
BBC America Presents "White Heat" - Premieres Wednesday, May 9 as Part of Dramaville
Sam Claflin, Claire Foy and MyAnna Buring star in the project, which charts the lives of seven friends from 1965 through to present day.

[via press release from BBC America]

DRAMA SERIES CHARTS THE VOLATILE AND LIFE CHANGING RELATIONSHIPS OF SEVEN FRIENDS OVER 40 YEARS

BBC AMERICA's Dramaville presents US premiere of White Heat, starring ensemble cast including Sam Claflin, Claire Foy and MyAnna Buring

White Heat, the next instalment of BBC AMERICA's Dramaville, charts the lives of seven friends from 1965 through to present day. The stylish and suspenseful drama, straddling almost five decades, follows lives, loves and destinies shaped by the political events of each era, connecting the dots of their relationships born, bound and broken over time and ultimately reunited after the death of one of them. White Heat premieres Wednesday, May 9, 10:00pm ET/PT as part of Dramaville.

Their relationships - complex, volatile, life affirming and life changing - are first formed when they come together as flatmates in London's Tufnell Park. The diverse group of young students includes rebel with a cause Jack (Sam Claflin, Snow White and the Huntsman), ambitious feminist Charlotte (Claire Foy, Upstairs Downstairs), fragile beauty Lilly (MyAnna Buring, The Twilight Saga), compassionate medical student Jay (Reece Ritchie, The Lovely Bones), love-struck geek Alan (Lee Ingleby, Luther), Jamaican-born-and-bred law student Victor (David Gyasi, Law and Order: UK) and kind-hearted Orla (Jessica Gunning, Law & Order: UK).

Their interwoven personal lives play out against the backdrop of defining points of the developing eras - the death of Churchill, the union strife of the Seventies, the ascendancy of Thatcher, the Falklands, AIDS, the end of the Cold War - crucial events which shaped history and made these seven individuals the people they are today.

White Heat follows the critically acclaimed crime thriller, Whitechapel, continuing BBC AMERICA's Dramaville, which features groundbreaking British drama and is also the home to the Golden Globe(R)-winning mini-series Luther, Golden Globe(R)-nominated mini-series The Hour and the upcoming drama series Ripper Street. Following White Heat, Dramaville presents the four-part drama, Inside Men, premiering Wednesday, June 20, 10:00pm ET/PT.

CAST AND PRODUCTION CREDITS

Jack Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean)
Older Jack Michael Kitchen (My Week with Marilyn, Proof of Life)
Charlotte Claire Foy (Upstairs Downstairs, Vivaldi)
Older Charlotte Juliet Stevenson (The Hour, Being Julia)
Lilly MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Parts 1 & 2)
Older Lilly Lindsay Duncan (Alice in Wonderland, Wallander)
Jay Reece Ritchie (All in Good Time, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time)
Older Jay Ramon Tikaram (EastEnders, Primeval)
Alan Lee Ingleby (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Luther)
Older Alan Paul Copley (Downton Abbey, Torchwood)
Victor David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas, Red Tails)
Older Victor Hugh Quarshie (Doctor Who, Holby City)
Orla Jessica Gunning (Law & Order: UK, Doctor Who)
Older Orla Sorcha Cusack (Coronation Street, Snatch)
Edward Jeremy Northam (Miami Medical, The Tudors)
Beth Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Episodes)
Miles Richard Lintern (The Shadow Line, Syriana)
Frank Geoff Leesley (EastEnders, Law & Order: UK)
Val Karen Henthorn (Shameless, Coronation Street)
Derek Bowden Julian Barratt (Treasure Island, The Mighty Boosh)
Aasif Akshay Kumar (Once Upon a Time Again, Joker)
Boris Tim Barlow (10,000 BC, Rome)
Alec Will Bliss (Art is..., Holby City)
Leah Holly Weston (John Carter, Hollyoaks)
Connor Andrew Simpson (Good Vibrations, Notes on a Scandal)
Emma Abigail Guiver

Creator and Writer Paula Milne (I Dreamed of Africa, The Night Watch)
Director John Alexander (Life on Mars, Exile)
Executive Producer for ITV Paula Milne and Kate Bartlett
Executive Producer for BBC Lucy Richer

White Heat is a Carnival Films production for ITV





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