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It’s not so nice to be beside the seaside in ITV’s new dark mystery drama Flesh and Blood.
Opening with the discovery of a body on the beach, the family drama centres on a mother and her three children, who find their personal lives and secrets exposed when a new man arrives in all their lives.
Vivien (played by Francesca Annis) is recently-widowed and after a lifetime of looking after her family, puts herself first for a change.
This ruffles the feathers of her three children, Helen (Claudie Blakley), Jake (Russell Tovey) and Natalie (Lydia Leonard) all of whom have trouble adjusting to this new version of their mother.
And when Vivien’s new love Mark (Stephen Rea) appears on the scene threatening to whisk Vivien away, the worried siblings join forces to check out his background.
Adding extra spice to the plot is next-door-neighbour Mary (Imelda Staunton), an old family friend, who is curiously over attentive to Vivien and her family’s unfolding drama.
Secrets, lies and betrayals send the family spiralling into murky waters, but who has gone too far and who is their victim?
Delightfully addictive and set on the stunning Sussex coastline, viewers are going to fall in love with this gripping series.
How many episodes are there?
Flesh and Blood has four 60-minute episodes.
The series premieres on ITV on Monday, February 24th and is stripped across the week.
It airs on Tuesday, February 25th at 9pm and Wednesday February 26th at 9pm.
The finale airs on Thursday, February 27th at 9pm.
What is the series about?
The series delves into the messy world of family relationships as three adult siblings are thrown by some life-changing circumstances.
When their mother, Vivien, is widowed, Helen, Jake and Natalie discover that mourning their father Terry is only the start of the difficulties they have to face.
Vivien has met a new man, retired GP Mark, who sweeps her off her feet as she approaches her 70th birthday and takes her focus firmly away from her children.
But when the happiness of their parents’ 45-year marriage is also called into question, the rug is really pulled from under the siblings’ feet.
With their family home by the Sussex coast, inheritance, and happy childhood memories all at stake because of Mark, the trio decide to find out more about him – and their mother’s neighbour of 40 years, Mary, who seems far too invested in their family.
However, with years of lies, betrayals and rivalries all coming to the surface, will they be able to overcome their complex relationship issues to find out the truth?
Flesh and Blood is a darkly witty, gripping drama that sees the family hurtling towards tragedy and a possible crime as the story unfolds.
Who is in the cast?
Flesh and Blood stars Francesca Annis (Home Fires, Cranford) as Vivien, and Russell Tovey (Years and Years, Him and Her), Claudia Blakley (Manhunt), and Lydia Leonard (Gentleman Jack) as her children Jake, Helen and Natalie.
Stephen Rea (Dickensian) plays new love interest and mystery man Mark, and neighbour Mary is played by Imelda Staunton (Paddington, Harry Potter).
The rest of the cast includes Sharon Small, Lara Rossi, Keir Charles, Vincent Regan, David Bamber, Stephanie Langton, and Clara Indrani.
Where is it filmed?
A large amount of the series was filmed on location in Norman’s Bay and Eastbourne.
The West Sussex coast provides a stunning setting for the dark mystery, which is expected to drive up tourism to the area in a similar fashion to the Broadchurch effect on Dorset.
Pevensey Bay Life said: "How much the residents of Normans Bay will enjoy their new found fame is a different question.
"The distinct landscape is both striking and dramatic, somewhat removed from the feel of other seaside locations in East Sussex, a little stark perhaps, but this is what gives the place individuality and, for some people who live here, a breathtaking idiosyncratic beauty."
Will there be a series two?
Writer Sarah Williams has suggested that there is a chance the show could return if it proves to be a hit"
“Without explaining too much of what happens, there is further meat on the bone. I love these characters and I did get very attached to all of them. I would love to follow on their story, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves, we have to see if anyone watches this."
Flesh and Blood airs on ITV on February 24th to 27th.
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