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NEW DRAMA: Doctor Who writer Pete McTighe talks new show – The Pact

Words: Sam Cook

Pete McTighe is perhaps best-known for his work on Science-Fiction hit, Doctor Who and now, he has turned his hand to a gripping new drama. 

The Pact follows five friends in the aftermath of an unexplained death that forces them into a pact of silence, bound by a secret that will change their lives forever. Sounds dark doesn’t it?

The Pact brings together a stellar team that has worked on some of the TV’s best-loved dramas. Breaking Bad star Laura Fraser takes centre stage alongside Julie Hesmondhalgh (Broadchurch, Coronation Street) and Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) and a host of established Welsh talent including Aneurin Barnard (The Personal History Of David Copperfield, Dunkirk), Eiry Thomas (Keeping Faith), Heledd Gwynn (Ordinary Lies), Abbie Hern (The Twilight Zone), Aled ap Steffan (Gangs Of London), Jason Hughes (Midsomer Murders) and Mark Lewis Jones (The Crown), Rakie Ayola (Anthony), as well as Gabrielle Creevy, who won Best Actress in the 2019 BAFTA Cymru awards for her role in the hit BBC drama In My Skin.

The project has received funding from Creative Wales. The production will be distributed by Lionsgate.

Representatives from the BBC have said:

BBC Cymru Wales Head of Commissioning Nick Andrews says: “The Pact is such an exciting commission for BBC Wales. It builds on our strong portfolio of impactful drama, and like Hinterland, Keeping Faith and Hidden before it, brings together the best in the business to do their best work. It’s a brilliant story and the strong cast and crew make this a highly anticipated series.”

Elwen Rowlands, joint MD of Little Door Productions says: “We are excited to be working with BBC Cymru Wales on our first production. Writer Pete McTighe has created a gripping drama that delivers a huge emotional punch. We look forward to working with our wonderful cast and crew to bring the story to screen.”

Nicola Pearcey, President, UK & Europe at Lionsgate says: “We are so excited to be working with Little Door Productions, Pete McTighe, BBC Cymru Wales and the extended team to bring The Pact to life. It is amazing to be back in production and we cannot wait to bring The Pact to audiences across the world in the near future.”

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas says: “We are delighted to support Little Door with their first series commission, The Pact, for BBC Wales. We are confident that the domestic and international talent assembled, both on and off the screen, will further enhance Wales’ reputation as a top class destination for high end TV drama production.”

You can catch The Pact on BBC Wales on Monday 17th May, then on BBC iPlayer. 

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