The Confessions of Frannie Langton on ITVX: Is the series based on a book? Who stars in it? All you need to know

A murder mystery period drama with themes of race and class promises to be unmissable TV. Discover all you need to know about the series here.

By Katie Archer Updated: 8 November 2022 - 10.46am
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An intriguing period drama murder mystery makes its way to ITVX - ITV's new, free streaming service - in The Confessions of Frannie Langton.

The series is adapted from Sara Collins’ award-winning novel and follows a maid born into slavery who finds herself accused of the double murder of her employers - a crime she has no memory of committing.

Here’s everything we know so far about the plot, cast, release date, and trailer.

What is The Confessions of Frannie Langton plot?

Author Sara Collins won the Costa first novel award in 2019 for her book of the same name and now she has adapted it for TV.

Set in Georgian London, it follows Frannie Langton from her lifelong slavery in the Jamaican plantations to Britain, where she has been given as a gift to George Benham and his wife Marguerite by her former owner John Langton.

Frannie begins work as a maid for the household and develops a deep love for the beautiful Marguerite - but when one morning she wakes up in bed beside her murdered mistress whose husband has also been killed, Frannie is the prime suspect.

Deep into a laudanum addiction, Frannie has no recollection of the night in question but feels she cannot have killed the woman she was so fond of. From her prison cell, she sets about trying to piece together what happened, racing to solve the mystery before she is sentenced to be hanged for the crime.

Exploring themes of race, class and oppression, the drama weaves a mystery that will draw in viewers before revealing its shocking truth.

Frannie will be played by Karla-Simone Spence, pictured Getty
Frannie will be played by Karla-Simone Spence, pictured

Who is in The Confessions of Frannie Langton cast?

Frannie Langton will be played by Karla-Simone Spence (Blue Story, Wannabe) and Madame Marguerite Benham is played by Sophie Cookson (The Trial of Christine Keeler, Kingsman: The Secret Service).

Spence said: "It's an absolute honour and dream to bring to life the intelligent, forward thinking, resilient woman that is Frannie Langton.

“Her journey truly is extraordinary and that's all thanks to Sara Collins' incredible writing of three-dimensional women. I hold Frannie dear to my heart and I'm really looking forward to unleashing her.”

Playing George Benham is Stephen Campbell Moore (War of the Worlds), Stephen Mackintosh (Rocketman, Wanderlust) is John Langton, Patrick Martins (Redemption) plays Laddie Lightning and Henry Pettigrew (The Danish Girl) is William Pettigrew.

Marguerite is played by Sophie Cookson, pictured Getty
Marguerite is played by Sophie Cookson, pictured

When is The Confessions of Frannie Langton release date?

The Confessions of Frannie Langton will be released on ITVX on December 8.

It will be an ITVX premiere, exclusive to ITV’s new, free streaming service, which launches the same day.

The drama will be available on ITVX many months ahead of linear transmission on ITV's main channel. 

It will consist of four episodes.

Is there a trailer for The Confessions of Frannie Langton?

There's not yet, but keep checking back on this page as we will add it when there is.


 The Confessions of Frannie Langton is coming to ITVX on December 8.

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