BBC film trucks have rolled in to Sutton Coldfield as the broadcaster confirmed it is filming a 'thought-provoking' new child abuse drama in the town.
Filming has been taking place at a house in Ladywood Road on the exclusive Four Oaks estate, with a BBC production company setting up in the road and in Sutton Park close to Hartopp Gate and the Blackroot Bistro as they film Dark Mon£y.
The topical four-part drama stars Jill Halfpenny (Coronation Street, Eastenders, Three Girls, In the Club) and Bafta-nominated Babou Ceesay (Damilola, Our Loved Boy, Best of Enemies) telling the tale of a working-class family from North London whose youngest son has recently finished filming a major Hollywood movie role and is abused in America by a renowned filmmaker. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services LimitedBBC film crews have been in Sutton Coldfield - including in Sutton Park by the Blackroot Bistro, filming new drama Dark Mon£y
The storyline follows that, although guilt-ridden, the family decide to accept a substantial pay-off to keep silent, believing the money will help start a new life, enable them to heal and avoid the publicity hell of pressing charges against a celebrity.
The drama is written by the Bafta-nominated writer of Damilola, Our Loved Boy, Levi David Addai, and directed by Lewis Arnold (Broadchurch, Humans).
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Levi David Addai said: "I'm delighted to be working with Babou again and thrilled to have Jill on board. They lead a fantastic cast."
Babou Ceesay said: "I'm delighted to be heading back to the BBC for Dark Mon£y and to be reunited with Levi to tell this powerful story.
!I'm also looking forward to collaborating with Jill, Lewis and the team".
While Jill Halfpenny added: "'I'm thrilled to be playing Sam in Dark Mon£y. Getting the opportunity to work with Lewis Arnold again is fantastic and I'm really excited to work with Babou Ceesay on this incredible project that Levi has created." © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services LimitedThe BBC crews are expected to be in Sutton Coldfield until November 20
Residents in Four Oaks were advised that the film crew would be in the area until November 20, with access restricted to Ladywood Road, between Bracebridge Road and Hartopp Road, particularly on November 13 and 15 when there will be a two-way traffic system in place.
Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, said: "We are thrilled to be working alongside the brilliant Levi again. In Dark Mon£y he has created a gripping, timely and original script, with the talented Babou and Jill at the heart of the story."
Filming for the show has also taken place in nearby Solihull last month.
Produced by The Forge Entertainment, Dark Mon£y will feature four hour-long shows on BBC One.
Executive Producers are George Faber and Mark Pybus for The Forge, Lucy Richer for BBC One and Levi David Addai. Producer is Erika Hossington.
It is expected to air next year.
Filming is set to begin in the region next week for the fifth series of Peaky Blinders. See a sneak preview below of filming last month.
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