BritBox has announced a new exclusive drama series starring Claire Foy.
The 37-year-old actress, best known for her roles in The Crown and Wolf Hall, will lead the cast of Marlow.
The eight-part “crime fable” centres on two warring families pitted against each other amid the unsettling and indelible landscape of the Thames Estuary.
The official synopis reads: “Feuding families the Marlows and the Wyatts have existed in the “Edgelands” of the Thames Estuary for centuries – facing off across the water in this land of smugglers, mudlarks, entrepreneurs, opportunists. Natural enemies with a mutual fascination.
“Marlow combines myth and legend, parable and tragedy, in a compelling and arresting modern epic that draws on ancient tales of revenge and fate. In the liminal world of the Edgelands, populated by characters whose truths are as shifting as the mud on which their empires are built, nothing is quite what it seems.”
Claire Foy will play Evie Wyatt, described as “Estuary to her bones, born and bred.”
As Evie returns to the Edgelands – the place she lost her father to a firestorm 15 lost years ago – she needs answers and revenge.
Evie is drawn back into conflict with the Marlow clan and finds herself in a battle with its ageing patriarch, Tom Marlow. Self-proclaimed King of the Edgelands, Marlow has plans to change its landscape forever – plans which Evie is destined to play her own part in as the twin fates of Evie and Marlow collide.
Foy commented: “I’m delighted to be a part of this compelling thriller. Tony and Simon’s scripts are so evocative of place and redolent with atmosphere – and the twists, turns and mysteries at the heart of this drama are utterly gripping.
“Evie Wyatt is such a captivating, complex and beguiling character, much like the enigmatic ‘Edgelands’ which she calls home, and I can’t wait to get to step into her shoes.”
Creators Simon Maxwell and Tony Grisoni commented: “The Thames Estuary’s ‘Edgelands’ offer a unique and extraordinary world of mud, sea and infinite sky; of broken politics and dreams – the Thames mouth is at once a gateway to the world and the last wild frontier of our island existence.
“Marlow is a uniquely homegrown saga, a character driven crime epic about where we’ve come from; who we are now; what we might become. We are thrilled to be working with the extraordinary talents of Claire Foy and, as the home for the boldest new British drama, BritBox is the perfect home for our show.”
Marlow begins filming this autumn and will premiere exclusively on BritBox in 2022.
The Crown is available on DVD on Amazon.