Ella Purnell to Executive Produce and star in Sky Original drama Sweetpea, alongside Nicôle Lecky, Jon Pointing, Calam Lynch and Leah Harvey

Wednesday 29 November 2023

Pure writer Kirstie Swain and award-winning director Ella Jones adapt C.J. Skuse’s novel in Sky’s upcoming female driven drama from See-Saw Films and fanboy.

In a deviously twisted coming-of-‘rage’ story, Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets, Fallout) stars as Rhiannon: a quiet wallflower on a darkly comedic and intoxicating journey of self-discovery, with deadly consequences.

Rhiannon Lewis doesn’t make much of an impression - people walk past her in the street without a second glance. She’s continually overlooked for a promotion at work, the guy she likes won’t commit, and her dad is really, really sick. So far, so shit. Then everything in her life turns upside down. Rhiannon is pushed over the edge, and loses control. Suddenly the wallflower is gone, and in its place is a young woman capable of anything… Rhiannon’s life transforms as she steps into a new, intoxicating power, but can she keep her killer secret?

Further casting alongside Purnell boasts an array of exciting British talent, including Nicôle Lecky (Mood, Sense8) as Julia, Jon Pointing (Big Boys, Smothered) as Craig, Calam Lynch (Bridgerton) as AJ, Leah Harvey (Foundation) as Marina. Also starring Jeremy Swift (Ted Lasso) as Norman and Dustin Demri-Burns (Slow Horses) as Jeff.

The series is adapted from C.J. Skuse’s novel of the same name by writer and Executive Producer Kirstie Swain (Pure), and written by Kirstie Swain, and Krissie Ducker (Killing Eve), alongside Laura Jayne Tunbridge and Selina Lim (Sex Education, Hanna). The series will be directed by award-winning director Ella Jones (The Baby, Back To Life), who also serves as Executive Producer.

Sweetpea is produced by See-Saw Films and fanboy in association with Sky Studios. Commissioning Editor, Manpreet Dosanjh, is Executive Producer for Sky Studios. Executive Producers for See-Saw Films are Patrick Walters (Heartstopper), Helen Gregory, Iain Canning, and Emile Sherman. Kirstie Swain is an Executive Producer and writer, working alongside Krissie Ducker, Laura Jayne Tunbridge and Selina Lim (Sex Education, Hanna). Ella Purnell and Ella Jones also serve as Executive Producers. Co-Executive Producers are Krissie Ducker and Simon Gillis. Zorana Piggott (Heartstopper) is Series Producer.

Sweetpea is now in production in the UK and will be available on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW in 2024 in the UK, Ireland, Italy and Germany. NBCUniversal Global Distribution handle international sales of the series on behalf of Sky Studios.

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