Sean Bean Cast as Gang Leader in New BBC Drama 'This City Is Ours'

Sean Bean returns in a riveting new BBC drama

by Zain ul Abedin
Sean Bean Cast as Gang Leader in New BBC Drama 'This City Is Ours'
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Renowned actor Sean Bean is set to dominate the small screen once again, this time portraying the formidable gang leader Ronnie Phelan in the much-anticipated BBC drama series "This City is Ours." With a working title that hints at gritty urban narratives, this series is being produced by Left Bank, the creative force behind the acclaimed series "The Crown." In "This City is Ours," Bean’s character, Ronnie Phelan, navigates the difficult landscapes of Liverpool’s criminal underworld.

The series is the brainchild of Stephen Butchard, known for his gripping narratives and deep character studies. Directed by Saul Dibb, who brought "The Salisbury Poisonings" to life, it promises a compelling mix of drama and suspense set against a backdrop of a gang’s disintegration.

Joining Bean is a stellar ensemble cast including James Nelson-Joyce as Michael Kavanagh, Ronnie’s closest ally, and Hannah Onslow as Diana Williams, Michael’s partner. Jack McMullen plays Ronnie’s son, Jamie Phelan, adding a familial dimension to the high-stakes drama.

The cast also features Laura Aikman, Kevin Harvey, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Mike Noble, Bobby Schofield, Darci Shaw, and Stephen Walters, each bringing unique characters to life in this complex tapestry of crime and consequence.

Journey of Ambition and Love

The series explores Michael Kavanagh’s tumultuous journey as he navigates first-time love amidst looming threats to his future, offering viewers a story of ambition, heartache, and resilience.

BBC drama chief Lindsay Salt expressed enthusiasm about the series, praising Butchard’s scripts and the dynamic cast for elevating the project to new heights. "It’s a joy to see cameras rolling on 'This City is Ours' with a glorious cast who have made Stephen Butchard’s sublime scripts even more exciting,” said Salt.

"This City is Ours" is part of a broader initiative by Left Bank, under the leadership of Andy Harries, to craft impactful dramas at more sustainable budgets. With an episode cost ranging between £2.5 million and £3 million, the series reflects a strategic shift in television production economics, supported by Sony's deficit financing.

The production also benefits from additional funding and support from the Liverpool Film Office through its Liverpool City Region Production Fund. Sony Pictures Television will handle international distribution, ensuring that Bean’s latest venture reaches a global audience eager for high-quality British drama.