Jericho: Everything you want to know about ITV’s new Yorkshire-set ‘Western’
You wouldn’t automatically think of Yorkshire as a typical setting for a Western – but ITV’s new drama Jericho is just that.
The drama series kicks off on Thursday night, with Call The Midwife’s Jessica Raine leading a cast through a story set in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1870s.
And here’s what you can look forward to if you tune in…
What’s Jericho all about then?
The drama centres around Raine’s character Annie Quaintain, who’s left widowed, penniless and – worst of all – homeless after her husband dies unexpectedly. With nowhere else to go, she and her two children head for Yorkshire where a new railway viaduct is being built – in the hopes of finding work and making a fresh start.
Which she does by opening up a boarding house for the men working on the settlement – bringing her in to contact with some colourful, not to mention dodgy characters – including potential new love interest Johnny Jackson (Hans Matheson).
The story is based on the real-life building of the Ribblehead Viaduct, which took five years to construct between 1870 and 1875.
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Who else is in it?
You might recognise veteran American actor Clarke Peters, who played Detective Lester Freamon in The Wire – while you might also recognise Amy-James Kelly (who plays Annie’s daughter Martha), who previously starred as Corrie’s Maddie Heath.
Meanwhile Matheson will be familiar to anyone who watched mini-series The Tudors, in which he played Thomas Cranmer, or the 2014 movie 300: Rise Of An Empire.
How long does it run for?
It’s an eight-part drama – although given the building of the viaduct in the show is set to take years, it could potentially run and run.