Peters plays Ralph Coates, described as a self-styled railway agent whose finest skill is reading other people and seeing beneath their façade. The truth is, he has a past that keeps him looking over his shoulder. In Jericho, he meets new arrival Annie Quaintain (co-star Jessica Raine), a woman who refuses to let tragedy define her. Shattered by her husband’s death and penniless as he has gambled away everything they owned, Annie is turfed out of her home and shunned by former friends and neighbours. Together with her two teenage children, Annie leaves for Jericho in the hopes of re-building their lives.
Upon arrival, Coates offers Annie a helping hand, and although reluctant, she accepts. It is Coates who makes Annie realise that Jericho is a rare place of opportunity.
Hans Matheson plays Johnny Jackson, also a new arrival in Jericho who bonds with Annie.
The terrain is hostile, with a colorful community of men and women – entrepreneurs, street urchins, prostitutes, families, wives, girlfriends and lovers.
“Jericho” is created and written by Steve Thompson (“Sherlock,” “Doctor Who”) and executive produced by ITV Studios Director of Drama Kate Bartlett. BAFTA nominated director Paul Whittington is directing the series. Lisa Osborne is producer.
The drama was filmed in North Yorkshire.
Jericho has been commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.
“Jericho focuses on the creation of a community from nothing and the human stories and epic struggles of survival that will emerge,” said creator/writer Steve Thompson. “We’re grateful to Steve Thompson for creating such wonderful and intriguing characters and to Kate Bartlett and her production team.”
ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute Jericho internationally.
A first trailer has surfaced and is embedded below: