ITV commissions Army wives drama

ITV has commissioned 'SWAGS', a new drama about the wives and girlfriends of soldiers serving in war-torn Afghanistan

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ITV has commissioned a new drama about the wives and girlfriends of soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

The show - with the working title 'SWAGS' (Service Wives And Girlfriends) - will focus on four women living in Army quarters in the garrison town of Leysham, whose partners are currently based in the war-torn nation.

Executive producer Kieran Roberts said: "'SWAGS' is an emotional and heart-wrenching drama about the women who fight their own battles on the home front while thousands of miles away their loved ones are risking their lives every day.

"Seeing how these remarkable women cope with survival, triumph, love and loss will make compelling viewing."

Laura Mackie, ITV's director of drama commissioning, added: "'SWAGS' is about real women in an all too real world. We'll have an insight into the lives behind the headlines. It'll be an emotional story brilliantly written by Jan McVerry and Sue Teddern."

The central characters include Debbie, whose husband Howard has retired from the Army but their sons Matt and Tom are serving in Afghanistan, as well as Matt's wife Gemma, who will attempt to raise their child in his absence.

Former Army nurse Louise - married to soldier Joe - is not impressed by women who define themselves by their husband's rank and reputation, while Claire must learn how to be a stepmother to her husband Pete's children.

Casting will take place over the next few months while the drama will begin filming in the Manchester area in May.

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