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Jill Halfpenny and Rupert Penry-Jones to lead new Channel 5 thriller The Feud

During a neighbourly dispute around a kitchen extension, things quickly get out of control.

Channel 5 have announced a new six-part domestic thriller The Feud, as filming begins in Newcastle. It stars Jill Halfpenny and Rupert Penry-Jones as Emma and John Barnett, who, along with their teenage daughter Beth, played by newcomer Megan Trower, appear to live an idyllic life on Shelbury Drive.

They’re close friends with their neighbours, Sonia and Alan, played by Amy Nuttall and Ray Fearon and despite their foibles, are also fond of older couple, Derek and Barbara, played by James Fleet and Tessa Peake-Jones.

The close friendships in this seemingly peaceful street prove to be not quite as harmonious as they seem. When Emma and John decide to add a kitchen extension to their house, things quickly start to spin drastically out of control.

As objections to the plans are raised, unexpected skeletons and life-threatening secrets begin to rise to the surface. Laced with menace, The Feud reveals how Emma’s aspirational dream turns sharply into obsession, paranoia, and fear. One decision sets in motion events that have unforeseeable consequences for both her and the people living on her street.

Does Emma know the people around her as well as she thinks? Who is hiding behind facades, who is manipulating events, and who is simply exactly who they appear to be?

Speaking about The Feud, Jill Halfpenny said "The spiral that we see Emma’s world take in The Feud, from one seemingly innocent situation to life altering revelations, is something I can’t wait to dive into! Getting to work in the Northeast with the teams at Channel 5 and Lonesome Pine, along with the rest of this brilliant cast, is a joy."

To which Channel 5's Commissioning Editor, Drama, Paul Testar added "Neighbourly disputes happen every day. The Feud takes that premise and runs with it to its extreme limit. What starts as an innocuous renovation triggers an extraordinary sequence of events. We’re excited to work with the wonderful team at Lonesome Pine again to bring this great story and stellar cast to the Channel 5 audience."

The Feud wll also star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell as scorned police officer PC Gallagher, Larry Lamb as Emma’s wheeler-dealer father Terry, Alex Macqueen as oddball neighbour Nick and Chris Gascoyne as intimidating builder Lee. And Judith Alexander, Joel Beckett and newcomers Luke Hammond and Joel Kai Ali.

Written and created by Aschlin Ditta, The Feud will be directed by Andy de Emmony with Lesley Douglas producing for Lonesome Pine Productions in association with Banijay Rights and North East Screen. Aschlin Ditta and Andy de Emmony will also executive produce the series.

The Feud will air in 2025 on Channel 5


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