The BBC has revealed a first glimpse of “The Way,” the daring new drama penned by James Graham, helmed by Michael Sheen, and brought to life by Sheen, Graham, and Adam Curtis. The project was developed and overseen by Bethan Jones.
Produced by Wales-based outfit Red Seam in collaboration with Little Door Productions, “The Way” was shot in and around Port Talbot and is scheduled to be broadcast on both BBC One and iPlayer next year. This three-part drama narrates the tale of an average family entangled in an extraordinary sequence of events emanating from their hometown.
Steffan Rhodri (known for “Steeltown Murders” and “Gavin and Stacey”), Mali Harries (“Keeping Faith,” “Hinterland”), Sophie Melville (“The Pact,” “Iphigenia In Splott”), Callum Scott Howells (“It’s A Sin,” “Cabaret”), and Michael Sheen (“Staged,” “Good Omens”) take the lead as the Driscoll family, with Maja Laskowska (“Trigonometry,” “Baptiste”) portraying a young woman ensnared in the family’s bid for freedom.
Luke Evans (“Nine Perfect Strangers,” “The Pembrokeshire Murders”) stars as Hogwood, a mercenary in relentless pursuit of the Driscolls, while Tom Cullen (“The Gold,” “Weekend”), Danny Sapani (“Killing Eve,” “The Diplomat”), Mark Lewis Jones (“Outlander,” “The Crown”), Paul Rhys (“Discovery of Witches,” “Chaplin”), Erin Richards (“The Crown,” “Gotham”), Aneurin Barnard (“The Catch,” “1899”), Catherine Ayers (“The Light in the Hall,” “Keeping Faith”), Patrick Baladi (“Breeders,” “Line of Duty”), Georgia Tennant (“Staged,” “Doctor Who”), Jonathan Nefydd (“Pobol y Cwm,” “Grav”), and Matthew Aubrey (“Keeping Faith,” “World on Fire”) all play pivotal roles throughout the series. Young actor Teilo James Le Masurier makes his screen debut as Rhys, the Driscolls’ four-year-old grandson.
“The Way” is a bold narrative that delves into the social and political turbulence of today’s world, envisioning a civil uprising stemming from a small industrial town. Fleeing the turmoil, the Driscolls find themselves compelled to leave the land they’ve always known as home and the comforts of their former lives. Will they be engulfed by the echoes of the past, or will they come to terms with their history and venture into an uncertain future?
“The Way” is a narrative that blends emotion with dark humour, exploring the challenges posed by impossible choices.
Produced by Red Seam in association with Little Door Productions, “The Way” (3×60’) is a creation of James Graham, with Michael Sheen making his directorial debut for television. Derek Ritchie serves as the producer. Adam Curtis, James Graham, and Michael Sheen join Bethan Jones as executive producers for Red Seam, while Rebecca Ferguson represents the BBC and Nick Andrews represents BBC Cymru Wales. The international distribution is handled by ITV Studios, with additional funding support from the Welsh Government through Creative Wales.
“The Way” is a joint commission with BBC Cymru Wales and will be broadcast on both BBC One and iPlayer.