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Hope Springs, a new family drama for BBC One – introduction

l-r: Hannah (Sian Reeves), Ellie (Alex Kingston), Shoo (Christine Bottomley), and Josie (Vinette Robinson)

Following the fortunes of Ellie, Hannah, Shoo and Josie, Hope Springs is a funny new family drama for BBC One about four fabulous ex-cons trying to go straight, starring acclaimed international actress Alex Kingston (ER, Lost In Austen) alongside Sian Reeves (Cutting It), Christine Bottomley (The Street) and Vinette Robinson (The Passion).

When the women's long-held plan to start a new life in Barbados – courtesy of £3million stolen from Ellie's vengeful gangster husband – goes awry, they find themselves in hiding in a remote Scottish village called Hope Springs.

All they have to do is keep their heads down, assume new identities and plan an escape to their Barbados idyll, but little do they know Hope Springs is going to change their lives forever.

A sparkingly modern fish-out-of-water drama set against the stunning backdrop of gorgeous Scottish scenery, Hope Springs also stars Annette Crosbie (Little Dorrit, One Foot In The Grave), Ronni Ancona (The Big Impression, Ronni Ancona & Co), Paul Higgins (The Thick Of It) and Alec Newman (Reichenbach Falls) and is made by Shed Productions – the company behind hit TV series including Waterloo Road, Bad Girls and Footballers' Wives.

Fun, lively and entertaining, Hope Springs is an escapist eight-part drama for BBC One all about losing millions, finding love and chasing your dreams – no matter how unattainable they seem. But, most of all, it's about finding a real family amongst friends.

Hope Springs was filmed in Scotland on location in Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway with interior scenes shot at BBC Scotland's newly-developed drama studios in Dumbarton.

Other BBC dramas filmed at the Dumbarton studios include new BBC Three series P.A.s (2AM TV) and award-winning God On Trial (Hat Trick Productions, BBC Two). It is also the home to BBC Scotland's acclaimed soap, River City.

Hope Springs is a Shed Production through BBC Scotland for BBC One.

JW4

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