Shane Meadows’ gripping three-part series, The Gallows Pole, is set to captivate audiences as the exhilarating trailer drops today. The highly-anticipated drama features an impressive cast including Michael Socha and Sophie McShera, and is based on Benjamin Myers’ acclaimed book. Premiering on May 31st on BBC Two, all episodes will be available for streaming on BBC iPlayer from the same date.

The Gallows Pole takes viewers on a fictionalised journey through the astonishing true story of David Hartley and the Cragg Vale Coiners. The narrative unfolds in the scenic moorland hills of 18th Century Yorkshire, as the enigmatic David Hartley, portrayed by Michael Socha, gathers a group of weavers and land-workers to embark on a revolutionary criminal enterprise. Their audacious scheme aims to dismantle the economy, ultimately becoming the largest fraud in British history.

Joining the stellar cast of The Gallows Pole is Sophie McShera, who portrays Grace Hartley, Thomas Turgoose as William Hartley, Yusra Warsama as Bethsheba, Anthony Welsh as Abe Oldfield, Samuel Edward-Cook as Isaac Hartley, Joe Sproulle as Joe, Adam Fogerty as James Broadbent, Nicole Barber-Lane as Susie, Fine Time Fontayne as Joseph Broadbent, and Ralph Ineson as The Clothier. The series also marks the screen debut of a talented ensemble of first-time actors, including Stevie Binns, Jennifer Reid, Soraya Jane Nabipour, Olivia Pentelow, Charlotte Ockelton, and Dave Perkins.

Produced by Element Pictures, a Fremantle company, in association with Big Arty for the BBC and A24, The Gallows Pole showcases the remarkable collaboration between Shane Meadows and long-time collaborator Nickie Sault, who serves as the producer. Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Rachel Dargavel, Emma Norton, and Jo McClellan take on executive producer roles for Element Pictures, while A24 handles international sales.

The release of The Gallows Pole promises a gripping and immersive experience, transporting viewers to a world of intrigue, betrayal, and historical significance. Don’t miss the premiere on BBC Two on May 31st, followed by immediate availability on BBC iPlayer.