Gold Digger: BBC One starts filming on new drama from Thirteen creator
Staff Reporter | On 12, Sep 2018Reading time: 1 mins
Two years after BBC Three launched its online presence with flagship dramas Thirteen, its key players are moving to BBC One. As rising star Jodie Comer leads Killing Eve, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s new thriller (released on BBC Three and BBC One this weekend), Thirteen’s writer, Marnie Dickens, is starting filming on her new Beeb drama Gold Diggerx
Starring Julia Ormond (Sabrina, Legends of the Fall) and Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Punisher), the six-part series follows a woman who falls in love with a much younger man, and explored the effect it has on her already damaged family.
Ormond plays wealthy 60-year old Julia Day, who falls for Benjamin (Barnes), a man 26-years her junior. As the series progresses, the details of their past are revealed. Has Julia finally found the happiness she’s always deserved? Or is Benjamin really the gold digger they think he is?
Playing Julia’s family are Sebastian Armesto (Poldark, Broadchurch) as the high achieving eldest son Patrick, always trying to be a good man, Jemima Rooper (Lost in Austen, Trauma) as Della, the middle child whose finger is permanently on the self-destruct button, and Archie Renaux as Leo, the baby of the family who still lives with his mother and idolises his father.
Also starring are Alex Jennings (Unforgotten, The Crown) as Julia’s ex-husband, Ted, Nikki Amuka-Bird (NW, Hard Sun) as Julia’s former best friend Marsha and Julia McKenzie (Agatha Christie’s Marple) as Ted’s mother, Hazel.
Gold Digger is co-produced by Ani Kevork (Age Before Beauty, Unforgotten). Vanessa Caswill (Little Women, Thirteen) will direct the first three episodes. David Evans (Preacher, Jamestown) will direct the rest of the series.
Production is currently underway around Devon and London.