The new four-part drama follows the story of three siblings who are left reeling after the unexpected death of their Father.
The four-part thriller has been written by Aschlin Ditta and follows the story of three siblings, Daniel, Sian and Chloe, played by Robert James-Collier, Gaynor Faye and Jemima Rooper who are left reeling after the unexpected death of their Father, Dennis, played by Larry Lamb.
When it turns out they are not left anything in the will, they embark on a dangerous journey to figure out whether his death was truly a tragic accident, or whether it was in fact murder. So, a family who look harmonious and loving start to show the cracks borne of years of secrets and jealousy.
Secrets are exploded, relationships ripped apart, and lives lost as the siblings try desperately to claw back their inheritance and make sense of what is happening around them…asking the question, is blood really thicker than water?
The drama will also star Samantha Bond as Susan, Kevin Whately as Michael and Adil Ray, Moe Dunford, Kevin Harvey and Pauline McLynn.
Speaking about today's announcement, Commissioning Editor of Drama for Channel 5 and Paramount+, Paul Testar said "I’m excited to work with the talented teams at Lonesome Pine and Peer Pressure to bring this compelling story to Channel 5. With an exceptional ensemble cast, The Inheritance is a brilliant addition to the channel’s ever-expanding drama slate and will have viewers on the edge of their seats. I’m looking forward to seeing it air later on this year."
To which Adam Barth, Director of Co-productions, Acquisitions, and Development, Eccho Rights added "The complexity and twists and turns of this brilliant family drama excited us enormously. Familiar characters coupled with the nightmare scenario of a long counted-on inheritance suddenly evaporating is something that will strike a nerve with all of us! We are delighted to be working alongside a great variety of international partners to bring it to life."
The Inheritance will be directed by Aku Louhimies, produced by Lonesome Pine Productions and Peer Pressure in association with Eccho Rights and executive produced by Lesley Douglas and Aschlin Ditta for Lonesome Pine, Richard Cook and Angela Squire for Peer Pressure and Herbert L. Kloiber, James Copp for Night Train Media, and Adam Barth for Eccho Rights.
Lesley Douglas, Founder, Lonesome Pine Productions said "The Inheritance is a drama that reveals the fragile structure of a family when confronted by the truth of their own past. The consequences of which will be devastating. We are thrilled at the cast who have come together to bring these characters to life, and working with Channel 5 and Peer Pressure has been a brilliantly creative experience."
And Richard Cook and Angela Squire, Directors, Peer Pressure said 'It has been a joy working with the creative team at Lonesome Pine and Channel 5 to develop The Inheritance from a germ of an idea which we believe will resonate with many viewers."
"It is testament to Aschlin Ditta’s compelling scripts, which jump off the page, that we have been able to attract such an outstanding and high profile cast and creatives, in particular the hugely talented Director Aku Louhimies who will bring The Inheritance to screen in a very exciting and immersive way which will have the audience hooked, night after night. Filming in Ireland as England is a perfect reflection of Peer Pressure’s DNA and sensibilities.”
Filming will begin on Monday 30th January on location in Ireland.
The Inheritance will air later this year on Channel 5