The BBC and Red Seam have recently announced the star-studded cast for their highly anticipated new drama series, “The Way.” Created by acclaimed writer James Graham and co-created by Michael Sheen, Graham, and Adam Curtis, the three-part drama is set to captivate audiences with its bold storytelling.
Developed and executive produced by the talented Bethan Jones, “The Way” is a joint production between Red Seam and Little Door Productions, based in Wales. Filming has just commenced in the picturesque town of Port Talbot.
Leading the cast in this riveting tale of an ordinary family caught in extraordinary circumstances is Steffan Rhodri, known for his remarkable performances in “Steeltown Murders” and “Gavin and Stacey,” and Mali Harries, recognized for her roles in “Keeping Faith” and “Hinterland.”
Joining them are Sophie Melville from “The Pact” and “Iphigenia In Splott,” and Callum Scott Howells, known for his breakout performance in “It’s A Sin” and “Cabaret.” Notably, the multi-talented Michael Sheen, acclaimed for his work in “Staged” and “Good Omens,” will also take on a leading role.
Adding to the impressive ensemble cast is Maja Laskowska, who will portray a young woman entangled in the family’s harrowing journey. Renowned actor Luke Evans, recognized for his roles in “Nine Perfect Strangers” and “The Pembrokeshire Murders,” will bring the enigmatic character Hogwood to life.
Joining him are Tom Cullen from “The Gold” and “Weekend,” Danny Sapani known for “Killing Eve” and “The Diplomat,” Mark Lewis Jones from “Outlander” and “The Crown,” Paul Rhys recognized for “Discovery of Witches” and “Chaplin,” Erin Richards from “The Crown” and “Gotham,” Aneurin Barnard from “The Catch” and “1899,” Catherine Ayers known for “The Light in the Hall” and “Keeping Faith,” Jonathan Nefydd from “Pobol y Cwm” and “Grav,” Matthew Aubrey recognized for “Keeping Faith” and “World on Fire,” and Andria Doherty from “It’s a Sin.”
Making his screen debut as Rhys, the Driscoll family’s four-year-old grandson, is the talented young actor Teilo James Le Masurier.
“The Way” is an ambitious drama that delves into the societal and political upheaval of our present world. Set in a small industrial town, the story follows the Driscoll family as they navigate a chain of events that forces them to flee their homeland.
Their journey raises questions about the power of memories and the uncertainties of forging a new future.
Expressing his excitement about the project, director, co-creator, and executive producer Michael Sheen shared, “I feel very lucky to get to work every day with these phenomenal actors.
We’ve always had so much acting talent here in Wales, and I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to tell this extraordinary story with the very best in the industry.”
Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, expressed her delight at the commencement of filming, stating, “I’m delighted to see cameras now rolling on ‘The Way,’ with so many immensely talented people coming together to bring Michael, James, and Adam’s unique and hugely entertaining story to the screen. Life’s about to change forever for the Driscoll family!”
Nick Andrews, Head of Commissioning for BBC Cymru Wales, praised the production team, saying, “The team
behind ‘The Way’ is truly exceptional. They exemplify the outstanding caliber of drama production in Wales today. This year marks BBC Cymru Wales’ biggest year ever for drama, and the talent pipeline is nothing short of astonishing.
Collaborating with this team is a tremendous pleasure, and I have no doubt that our audiences will be enthralled by the compelling story they are set to tell. It’s going to be one hell of a caper.”
Gerwyn Evans, Deputy Director of Creative Wales, expressed his enthusiasm for the flourishing Welsh screen industry, emphasizing the exciting lineup of upcoming drama productions in 2023.
He commended the announcement of the stellar cast of “The Way” as a testament to the fruitful relationship between Creative Wales and the BBC.
Evans highlighted the role of Welsh Government support in creating opportunities to showcase Welsh talent and share their unique stories through high-quality content.
“The Way” (3×60′) is a collaboration between Red Seam and the BBC in association with Little Door Productions. With the renowned James Graham as the writer and Michael Sheen making his directorial debut for television, this series promises to be an enthralling masterpiece. Derek Ritchie serves as the producer, while Adam Curtis, James Graham, and Michael Sheen join Bethan Jones as executive producers for Red Seam, alongside Rebecca Ferguson representing the BBC.
The international distribution will be handled by ITV Studios, and the project has received additional funding support from the Welsh Government through Creative Wales.
Co-commissioned with BBC Cymru Wales, “The Way” is set to captivate audiences and will be broadcast on BBC One and made available on iPlayer. Prepare to embark on an emotional and thought-provoking journey as “The Way” explores the meaning of impossible choices in a world beset by turmoil and change.