Martin Clunes has landed his next ITV drama, playing a farmer confronted with dark forces seeping into his rural community opposite Andy Serkis’s son. Out There will depict the stealthy, surreptitious invasion of the land Nathan Williams cherishes, with devastating consequences as his livelihood, homestead and family life are threatened by local county lines drugs dealers. The show also starring Louis Ashbourne Serkis as Nathan’s son Johnny is being penned by Ed Whitmore and Marc Evans and produced by Doc Martin star Clune’s Buffalo Pictures, which he runs with Philippa Braithwaite. “Out There couldn’t be more different from Doc Martin” he said. “It’s pretty dark, but definitely a story worth telling.” Clunes also worked with Evans and Whitmore on hit ITV drama Manhunt.
BBC Policy Boss Scores Premier League Role
The BBC’s policy boss Claire Sumner is moving to the Premier League after a decade at the corporation. According to The Athletic, UK soccer clubs were informed earlier this week that Sumner will be appointed Chief Policy and Corporate Affairs Officer. She will replace Helen MacNamara, a former Boris Johnson aide who left earlier this year. Sumner has been involved in major BBC policy decisions relating to the license fee, prominence and independence over the past decade. She is a regular fixture at policy events.