As production gets underway on Shane Meadows’ latest series for the BBC ‘The Gallows Pole’ a full cast announcement has been made which include HeyUGuys’ favourite George MacKay.

MacKay is joined by Michael Socha (This is England, Papillon), Thomas Turgoose (This is England, Looted), Tom Burke (Mank, The Souvenir), Sophie McShera (Cinderella, ‘Downton Abbey’), Cara Theobold (‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Crazyhead’), Yusra Warsama (‘Castle Rock’), Eve Burley (‘Secret State’), Nicole Barber Lane (‘Hollyoaks’), Samuel Edward-Cook (‘Peaky Blinders’), Anthony Welsh (‘Master of None’), Joe Sproulle (‘The A Word’), Adam Fogerty (Legend), Fine Time Fontayne (‘How We Used to Live’) and an ensemble of first-time actors.

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The series is based on the novel of the same name by Benjamin Myers, which fictionalises the remarkable true story of the rise and fall of David Hartley and the Cragg Vale Coiners.  Set against the backdrop of the coming industrial revolution in eighteenth-century Yorkshire, the compelling drama follows the enigmatic David Hartley played by Michael Socha, as he assembles a gang of weavers and land-workers to embark upon a revolutionary criminal enterprise that will capsize the economy and become the biggest fraud in British history.

Shane Meadows says of his cast “Putting this cast together (with the undying support of Shaheen Baig and her amazing team) has been an absolute joy. To be working with actors I’ve grown up with and/or have been desperate to work with, alongside oodles of incredible ‘as yet’ undiscovered (Yorkshire based) talent, is an absolute honour and I’ve not been this passionate about shooting a project in years!

It was also announced today that A24 are teaming up with Element Pictures (The Favourite, ‘Normal People’) on the six-part series for the BBC which is currently filming in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.