Sean Bean (Time, Broken, Game of Thrones) and Nicola Walker (Last Tango in Halifax, The Split, Unforgotten) are to star in Marriage from two time Bafta-winning writer and
director Stefan Golaszewski (Mum, Him and Her). Produced by The Forge (Help, Roadkill, National Treasure) and The Money Men, Marriage is a four part drama for BBC One and BBC iPlayer and is an up-close portrait of a marriage, sometimes funny, sometimes
moving, always revealing.
Marriage sees married couple Ian (Bean) and Emma (Walker) negotiate the ups and
downs of their 30 year marriage. We see them dealing with the insecurities, the
ambiguities, the hopes and the fears that are part of all marriages as the drama explores the risks and the gifts of a long-term intimate relationship.
Sean Bean says: “I’m thrilled to be playing opposite the talented Nicola Walker and I’m
looking forward to bringing Stefan’s intimate scripts to the screen.”
Nicola Walker says: “This is a unique project. Stefan has created such a beautiful, funny
and complicated world and I’m excited to be stepping into Ian and Emma’s marriage with
Stefan Golaszewski says: “It’s amazing to get to work with Sean and Nicola. They’re actors of such depth, truth and warmth and I can’t wait to go on this journey with them.”
Beth Willis, Executive Producer for The Forge, says: “Stefan’s exquisite observation of
marriage is funny, warm and searingly honest. His writing is a joy to read. I cannot wait to
see Sean and Nicola bring to life this wonderful couple.”
Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama Commissioning, adds: “The extraordinary depth
and complexity of Stefan’s characters calls for two of our most talented and loved actors.
Enter Nicola and Sean. It’s always a privilege to have you on the BBC.”
Marriage is a 4×60” series and is produced by The Forge Entertainment and The Money Men. It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama and Charlotte
Moore, Chief Content Officer and will be directed by Stefan Golaszweski. Executive
Producers are Tommy Bulfin for the BBC, Beth Willis and George Faber for The Forge
and Richard Laxton and Stefan Golaszewski for The Money Men. The producer is
Lyndsay Robinson (Him and Her, Mum). The show is produced in association with
All3Media International who represent the drama globally.
Filming will begin shortly and transmission details will follow in due course.
Notes to Editors:
The Forge is an independent drama production company specialising in original,
innovative and high-quality TV drama, working in collaboration with the UK’s leading
and emerging creative talent. The Forge’s production credits include Jack Thorne’s multi-BAFTA-winning trilogy NATIONAL TREASURE, KIRI and THE ACCIDENT (C4/HULU) and timely new drama HELP (C4), Ayub Khan Din’s ACKLEY BRIDGE (C4), Peter Moffat’s THE LAST POST (BBC1/AMAZON), John Brownlow’s adaptation of Jessie Burton’s THE MINIATURIST (BBC1/WGBH), David Hare’s COLLATERAL (BBC2/NETFLIX) and ROADKILL (BBC1/MASTERPIECE) and Levi David Addai’s DARK MONEY (BBC1). Along with MARRIAGE, The Forge are currently in production with BECOMING ELIZABETH an 8-part original series for STARZ, created and written by writer Anya Reiss and RULES OF THE GAME (BBC1), a 4-part thriller, written by Ruth Fowler, starring Maxine Peake.