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John Simm, Maxine Peake to lead BBC drama 'The Village'

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John Simm and Maxine Peake are to star in new BBC One drama The Village.

The series - penned by Peter Moffat (Silk) - follows the residents of one English village across the 20th century and their turbulent lives.

John Simm

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Maxine Peake

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Newcomer Bill Jones will play Bert Middleton, the youngest child of a poor family whose parents John (Simm) and Grace (Peake) struggle to provide for him. Upstairs Downstairs actor Nico Mirallegro will also star as their second son Joe, who works at the Big House and comes into contact with the troubled Caro (Emily Beecham).

Charlie Murphy (Misfits) will play village newcomer Martha Lane, who has a big impact on Bert's life, while Anthony Flanagan (Being Human), Annabelle Apsion (Shameless), Joe Armstrong (Robin Hood), Matt Stokoe (Misfits) and Stephen Walters (The 51st State) will also star.

John Simm said: "I'm delighted to be working with such a great director (Antonia Bird) and brilliant writer in Peter - I've long been a fan of both, alongside such a great cast.

"Beautiful writing - a period piece when we're not focusing on the decision makers but the working people," Maxine Peake added. "It is so great to see the other side - changes within a chain of social and political life, in minutiae.

"My character Grace channels all her energy into her family with a focus on ambition and the idea of freedom for her sons. Women moving into the workplace as the men went to fight and finding independence."

The six-part series of The Village will film on location in the Peak District and will broadcast on BBC One in 2013.

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