Channel 4 has announced a new series of I Am with three brand new instalments.
Dominic Savage’s BAFTA-Nominated anthology series will return with stars including Suranne Jones and Ashley Walters.
Three new hour-long episodes will start filming in early August with each part developed and written by Dominic Savage in collaboration with the leading actor – for whom, in each case, the story will have personal resonance.
The first confirmed episode is I Am Victoria, led by BAFTA-winning actress Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster, Gentleman Jack) with co-star Ashley Walters (Top Boy, Bulletproof).
The second episode is I Am Daniell, starring BAFTA Rising Star Award winner Letitia Wright together with CJ Beckford and Sophia Brown.
The third episode is I Am Maria, starring Lesley Manville CBE (Phantom Thread, Another Year). Manville will be joined by co-stars Michael Gould (Rogue One, Darkest Hour) and Gershwyn Eustache Jnr (Small Axe, I May Destroy You).
Suranne Jones said: “I’m delighted to be involved in the next series of I Am. Dominic always tells important stories with great sensitivity and the process so far has been wonderfully collaborative and open which is something I thrive on.
"I can’t wait to make what will be a very personal and thought-provoking piece and I’m thrilled to be telling this story with Ashley. I hope it really speaks to people and helps continue the important discussions around mental health.”
Letitia Wright said: “Collaborating with Dominic Savage has been an amazing experience. His unique and sensitive style of directing has stretched me as an artist. I’m so proud that we came together on a story that we both felt was important to explore & share with the world.”
Lesley Manville said: “For me collaboration is everything. To be able to combine different creative minds and produce a work of drama is a thrilling privilege. Dominic and I have spent the past few months developing a character and scenario that will touch many people I know.
"This kind of work is not new to me and I’m relishing the chance to flex my improvising muscles once again.”
I Am became Channel 4’s most successful new 10pm drama in six years when it debuted in August 2019, with BAFTA-winning Vicky McClure starring in I Am Nicola; Oscar; BAFTA-nominated Samantha Morton starring in I Am Kirsty; and Gemma Chan starring in I Am Hannah.
Writer, Director and Creator Dominic Savage said: “I am looking forward greatly to making another series of female led stories with such amazing and incredibly talented actors, starting with Suranne.
"It is a privilege to be telling such personal and important stories in this unique and collaborative way. These will be inspirational, relatable, and truthful tales of courage and hope, that shine a light on the difficult and challenging aspects of all of our lives.”
Caroline Hollick, Head of Drama Channel 4 added: “We are utterly delighted to bring back this groundbreaking series. Suranne and Dominic have created a truly iconic, heart-rending character in ‘Victoria’, and I cannot wait to see how their extraordinary creative vision unfolds on-screen.”
An air date for the new series is to be confirmed.