Nico Mirallegro, Daniel Mays and Jodhi May have joined the cast of a new Jimmy McGovern BBC One drama exploring the UK’s Joint Enterprise Law.
The one-off 90 minute drama examines the potential for injustice under the Joint Enterprise or Common Purpose rule.
Seventeen-year-old Johnjo O’Shea (Mirallegro) gives his cousin and some mates a last-minute lift.
They tell him they’re going for pizza; Johnjo doesn’t know that they’re going to ‘have a word’ with a local loudmouth. As Johnjo waits in the car, one of their number, one of the group gets involved in a disagreement with an innocent bystander who is fatally stabbed.
Questioned by the police, Johnjo finds that the Common Purpose rule means not being present at the murder scene is no defence.
The cast also includes: Jack McMullen (Waterloo Road) as Colin McCabe and Sir Michael Gambon (Quarter, Restless) as the Royal Courts Judge.
Commenting on his cast, Jimmy McGovern commented: “When it comes to casting you always have a ‘wish list’ – a list of actors who’d be perfect for the parts you have written. You never get them of course. They’re often too busy or away on holiday or they hate the script or whatever. But on this occasion, I got them all, every single one on my wish list. And I am over the moon.”