ITV commission Post Office drama
- Bang Showbiz
- 30 April 2021
ITV have commissioned a new drama about the Post Office scandal, titled 'People vs. Post Office'
ITV have commissioned a new drama about the Post Office scandal.
The broadcaster has commissioned four episodes of 'People vs. Post Office', which has been penned by Gwyneth Hughes and produced by ITV Studios, Patrick Spence and Little Gem.
The post office scandal will document the lives of a number of sub-postmasters and postmistresses, who were incorrectly accused of being fraudulent, of theft and false accounting due to an IT issue.
Gwyneth Hughes said: "I've been talking for a while now to some of the people whose lives were turned upside down by this appalling business. I find it just astonishing, and deeply troubling, that this could have happened in my country, and I confess it’s shaken my confidence in British justice. The sub postmasters at the heart of the fightback are such a lively, interesting and indomitable bunch. They never gave up, and I’m honoured to be telling their stories."
Whilst Natasha Bondy, Little Gem’s Creative Director and Executive Producer, and Patrick Spence, ITV Studios, added: "Being trusted with telling this story is a huge honour for the whole production team. We are going to ensure the biggest possible audience get to hear how much the subpostmasters suffered, how hard they had to fight for justice and how determined they are that the fight is not yet over."
The Court of Appeal decided recently to overturn the former sub postmasters and postmistresses' criminal convictions in a long legal battle for justice.
ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, said: "This is the story of how the sub postmasters fought back against seemingly insurmountable odds. Having followed their fight for justice and the landmark decision by the Court of Appeal, I’m delighted we can now tell their story."
Filming is expected to take place in early 2022.