Angela Black

A woman's struggle against a physically and emotionally abusive husband is the subject of ITV's forthcoming drama, Angela Black. Peter Gray reports.

Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt leads the cast of ITV’s new psychological thriller, Angela Black, this winter.

Playing the role of a suburban housewife whose picture perfect life conceals a chilling reality, Froggatt stars opposite Game of Thrones’ Michiel Huisman and Prime Suspect’s Samuel Adewunmi in the new production.

With a script by award winning screenwriters Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing, Liar) and production by the highly sought after Two Brothers Pictures, Angela Black looks set to wow audiences when it finally lands on the small screen in 2021.

Here’s everything you need to know about ITV’s latest blockbuster drama:

Angela Black plot

Angela Black appears to have it all. A lovely house, a job she loves, two beautiful sons and a charismatic and hardworking husband. Beneath this picture perfect façade, however, the reality is somewhat different. Black is a secret victim of domestic abuse, a dab hand at hiding the many scars that her husband has inflicted on her.

“Trapped in a relationship she cannot escape, Angela is approached out of the blue by Ed (Samuel Adewunmi), a private investigator, who spills Olivier’s darkest secrets. When faced with some horrifying truths about her husband, a stunned Angela is left reeling” says the official synopsis for the show on the ITV website.

Can Black really trust Ed? Can she leave behind her life as she knows it and finally free herself from Olivier?

“With one encounter, Angela’s life switches from school runs and the dogs’ home to private detectives and buried secrets as she risks everything she holds dear to fight back against the man who has suppressed and tormented her for most of her life”, the synopsis concludes. 

Head of Spectrum Originals, Katherine Pope, was visibly thrilled at the team that ITV had put together for the new production: “Angela Black is that rare series – a slick, twisty thriller that keeps us guessing. I couldn’t imagine a better team with the Williams brothers at the helm and the brilliant Joanne Froggatt bringing ‘Angela’ to life. With the wildly talented Michiel Huisman and Samuel Adewunmi rounding out a stellar cast, this series will captivate audiences until the very end” she said.

Angela Black cast

TV favourite Joanne Froggatt plays Angela in the new series. Best known for her role as Anna Bates in Downton Abbey, the actress has also starred in a glut of impressive drama productions for ITV, including Liar, Black Angel and now Angela Black.

In 2013, Froggatt was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Downton Abbey.

She said of her new role: “I am honoured to be working with Two Brothers Pictures again and this important and timely story from the brilliant Harry and Jack Williams is like nothing I’ve read before. Angela is a complex and intriguing character and I hope audiences will be immediately drawn into her gripping, and sometimes heart-breaking journey, just as I was”.

The role of Angela’s villainous husband will be played by Game of Thrones’ Michiel Huisman. After making his English speaking debut in the cult British TV series Dalziel and Pascoe, Huisman has since appeared in a series of high profile movies including The Young Victoria, The Invitation, and The Age of Adaline.

“I’m proud to be part of such a thrilling and clever story with so many twists and turns. I can’t wait to take on the role of Olivier and work alongside the incredibly talented Joanne and Samuel.” he said about his role in Angela Black. 

Lucky Man’s Samuel Adewunmi plays the pivotal role of mysterious stranger Ed in the drama. The up and coming writer/director is best known for his role in the highly acclaimed The Last Tree.

Adewunmi said of his role in Angels Black: “I always find myself drawn to characters like Ed when watching dramas. That coupled with the opportunity to collaborate with Craig Viveiros (again) as well as Harry and Jack Williams is very exciting and fortuitous when considering the impact 2020 has had on all industries including film and TV. I feel blessed.”

Who’s behind the camera on Angela Black

Angela Black is the brainchild of BAFTA nominated producers Harry and Jack Williams. As the heads of production company, Two Brothers Pictures, the duo have had a hand in some of the most successful TV shows of the last ten years, including Fleabag, The Missing, Liar and Baptiste.

Craig Viveiros will direct Angela Black. The director is best known for his work on the TV dramas Rillington Place & And Then There Were None).

Where was Angela Black filmed?

Principal photography for the series was undertaken in and around London in late 2020. With the pandemic in full flow, the production. Was forced to enact social distancing measures and a strict hygiene regime on set. 

When can we see Angela Black on TV?

ITV have not released any information on a release date for the drama but stay tuned!

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What: new drama
When: tbc
Where: ITV
Website: IMDb