ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill has commissioned Joan, a six-part drama impressed by the true story of infamous jewel thief, Joan Hannington, with Sophie Turner (Recreation of Thrones, X-Males: Darkish Phoenix, The Staircase) within the main function.
Set within the enjoyable, brash, aspirational world of Nineteen Eighties London, the drama is a robust feminine story that may premiere on the channel’s new, free streaming service ITVX.
Commented Sophie Turner:
“I’m so excited to be bringing Joan Hannington’s fascinating life story to display screen in Joan. She is without doubt one of the most infamous figures within the legal underworld of London, incomes her the nickname “The Godmother.” A lady who goes between her thriving and daring profession as a jewel thief, all while attempting to get her daughter again from social providers, we see a mom in despair swept up within the exhilarating world of crime.”
Created for tv by acclaimed screenwriter Anna Symon (Mrs Wilson, The Essex Serpent, Deep Water) from Joan’s memoirs, Joan is the true story of her meteoric rise from petty offender to extremely gifted diamond thief and legal mastermind. Anna met with Joan Hannington while writing the collection, and the drama might be filmed in London within the spring of 2023.
Joan might be government produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts (Stonehouse, The Midwich Cuckoos, Strike), CEO of Snowed-In Productions, Jenny Van Der Lande (Strike, You Don’t Know Me, Too Shut) Artistic Director of Snowed-In and Neil Blair (The Midwich Cuckoos, Strike, Implausible Beast: The Secrets and techniques of Dumbledore) Chairman of Snowed-In and directed by BAFTA award profitable Director, Richard Laxton (The Thief, His Spouse and the Canoe, Honour, Mrs Wilson). Paul Frift (Anansi Boys, Deep State, Good Omens) will produce the drama.
Commented Polly Hill:
“Joan’s story is unimaginable, making successful of life when the stakes appear stacked towards her, by not taking part in by the foundations. Anna’s scripts are good and an ideal match for ITVX and I can’t wait to see Sophie Turner step into Joan’s footwear. Set within the 80’s with Richard Laxton directing and Ruth Kenley-Letts and Snowed-In producing, it is a nice story with an important staff bringing it to display screen.”
We’re first launched to Joan in her twenties, a fiery, uncompromising, and intoxicating character, who shouldn’t be with out her personal deep scars and vulnerability, as a doting and loving younger mom to 4-year-old Debbie. She’s in a disastrous marriage to a violent thug, and when he goes on the run, Joan seizes the second to go away her previous life.
Impressed by her need to look after Debbie and create a safe dwelling for her daughter, Joan makes some heart-breaking choices as she units her sights on a greater life.
Making full use of her sharp intelligence, attraction, and her expertise for impersonation and efficiency, we comply with the twists and turns in Joan’s life, the ups and downs, the heartache and the enjoyment, which makes her story a compelling tv drama.
Commented Ruth Kenley-Letts, Jenny Van Der Lande and Neil Blair:
“We’re thrilled to be bringing Joan Hannington’s extraordinary and compelling life to the display screen. Anna’s good scripts are each heart-breaking and complicated capturing Joan’s vivid and vibrant life so completely. We couldn’t be extra excited to have the fantastic Sophie Turner taking part in the title function. And in Richard Laxton we’ve got the right director to inform Joan’s story.”
Commented Richard Laxton:
“I’m so excited to convey this story and Anna’s astounding script to life. With Sophie Turner within the title function and the 1980’s as a wealthy and vibrant backdrop Joan is certain to be an exhilarating and compelling experience.”
Commented Anna Symon:
“From penniless single guardian to completed diamond thief, Joan Hannington’s life story is an exciting, rags-to-riches rollercoaster. I couldn’t be extra excited to observe the stellar expertise Sophie Turner step into Joan’s footwear. Ever since I first learn Joan’s explosive memoir, I’ve been determined to convey her story to display screen and I’m thrilled to be collaborating as soon as once more with the extremely gifted groups at Snowed-In Productions and ITV. With the good Richard Laxton on the helm, I can’t wait to get began.”
All3Media Worldwide might be accountable for the worldwide distribution of the drama. The collection is produced in affiliation with All3Media Worldwide.