Dark Angel


Award-winning actress Joanne Froggatt to star in new ITV drama Dark Angel from World Productions

"Sing? Sing? What song should i sing? Mary Ann Cotton is tied up in string"

ITV has commissioned a two-part drama, Dark Angel, from Line of Duty makers World Productions, based on the extraordinary true story of the victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, played by Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt.

We meet Mary Ann as a loving mother, newly returned to her native North East of England. But faced with abject poverty and an ailing husband, we see how ruthlessly determined she is to pursue her desires - and a better life...

Mary Ann is a very female serial killer, a poisoner whose methods leave no visible scars, allowing her tally of victims to mount unsuspected by a Victorian society unable to conceive a woman capable of such terrible crimes. Travelling around the north east, she insinuates herself into unsuspecting families, marrying and creating new families of her own - before killing them, taking their money and moving on.

Through adultery, bigamy, fraud and murder, Mary Ann betters herself socially and financially. But the more she kills, the greater the risk her crimes will finally be exposed...

The show is supported by Screen Yorkshire's Yorkshire Content Fund. International Distribution will be handled by Endemol Shine International.

ITV's Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea have commissioned the drama.

"Dark Angel" is an extraordinary and chilling true story" said Victoria. "We're delighted to have an actress of Joanne Froggat's calibre in the lead role. The combination os a tautly written script, an outstanding cast and great producers in World Productions make this a really exciting addition to the ITV drama slate"

Dark Angel is written by gwyneth Hughes (The Girl, Five Days) and will be directed by Emmy and BAFTA award-winner Brian Percival (Downton Abbey).

The drama is inspired by the book "Mary Ann Cotton: Britain's First Female Serial Killer" by David Wilson, which is published by Waterside Press.

The drama is produced by Jake Lushington (The Bletchley Circle, The Devil's Whore) and executive produced by Kirstie Macdonald (The Fear) and Simon Heath (Line of Duty, Code of a Killer) for World Productions.

Executive Producer Simon Heath said "We've long been huge fans of Gwyn, Brian and Joanne's work, so it's a real privilege to bring all three together on one unique drama"

Filming is due to begin in August in North Yorkshire and County Durham.

Further casting will be announced before filming commences.




You'll appreciate the meticulous attention to period detail too, if you've any eye for it, from the aspidistra in the window to the piles of florins to the diagnoses of 'gastric fever'. Let's just say that if you ever meet a potential spouse who takes an unusually intense interest in the life assurance industry, you should be careful about taking tea with them. Before or after your knee-trembler, that is. As one of Ms Cotton's husbands remarks, 'life insurance is an ugly fashion'. Mary Ann Cotton, then: a remarkable story remarkably well told. - The Independent (2016).


RTS NE & Borders Awards (Nominee) - Best Drama
RTS NE & Borders Awards (Nominee) - Best Actress (Joanne Froggatt)


Title: Dark Angel
Original TX Date: 31 October 2016
Broadcaster: ITV
Format: 2 x 1 hour
Cast and Crew: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4742700/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm
Website: https://www.itv.com/drama/dark-angel