John Simm and Jim Broadbent to star in new BBC One drama 'Exile'

John Simm

Two of Britain's finest actors John Simm, and Oscar and Bafta award-winner Jim Broadbent have been cast in a new three-part drama for BBC One called 'Exile'. The programme, created by Paul Abbott and written by Shameless writer Danny Brocklehurst, will air early next year with filming beginning today.

Exile is a psychological thriller that tells an intimate story of prodigal redemption. The serial follows Tom (Simm), who returns to his hometown to be reacquainted with his father (Broadbent), and uncover the truth behind what happened between them years before. But Tom's investigations lead him to expose a mind-blowing scandal, two decades old, that changes their lives forever.

John Simm plays Tom Ronstadt, a successful London journalist whose world has fallen apart and it's all his own doing. With his career and life in ruins he decides to return to his hometown in Lancashire for the first time in 18 years. He finds his father Sam (Jim Broadbent), who Tom idolised as a child, in the grip of Alzheimer's – a once formidable man now being cared for by his younger sister Nancy (Peep Show's Olivia Coleman).

Over the three episodes Tom unravels the mystery linked to his childhood that drove him away all those years ago. In trying to extract information and encouraging him to remember the past, Tom becomes increasingly frustrated with his father's failure to remember. He persists unaware that he is unearthing a devastating crime that will reveal secrets he could never have imagined.

John Simm said of the show: "Danny's written a great script, it's a wonderful cast, and I can't wait to start work."

Creator and Producer Paul Abbott added: "Creating the series came from looking at the effect events have on families – and how that changes lives forever. Working with John (Simm) again is always a pleasure, he does seem to have turned into a muse of mine, and I'm delighted that we have the calibre of Jim (Broadbent) alongside him. AbbottVision working with Nicola Shindler and Red Production Company again is a thrilling partnership.

"We've made some pretty impressive and successful work together in the past – Clocking Off and Linda Green. There are very few British executives to match her intelligence and standards for producing top-notch screen drama. And of course it's great having writer Danny Brocklehurst on board. We haven't worked together since he joined us on the Shameless team."