Ray Winstone and Amanda Redman are star in a new ITV drama about a serial armed robber and his family.
The Trials of Jimmy Rose tells the story of notorious armed robber Jimmy Rose (Winstone) who, superficially at least, has made crime pay. A beautiful detached home on a small executive estate are the profits of his life of crime.
But what Jimmy has gained in luxury goods, has undoubtedly come at an enormous cost to his family. And it’s a cost Jimmy hasn’t really bargained for.
Over the years he’s spent more time in prison than with the love of his life, Jackie (Redman), their two adult children, Jason and Julie and grandchildren Elliot, Ellie and India.
Consequently, happy distant memories of Jimmy have been shattered by years of abandonment. Especially for Jackie, who no longer knows if she loves him, and for Jason, who has finally cut his Dad completely from his life, and wants nothing more to do with him.
During his latest stretch in prison Jimmy’s family have moved on with their lives. His years of taking them for granted have taken their toll and unexpectedly Jimmy won’t be on the receiving end of a universally warm welcome when released from prison this time.
Crucially, can Jimmy put his criminal life behind him and regain their respect and love by being a grandfather, a father and a husband, not a criminal?
The three part drama has been written and created by Alan Whiting (Strike Back, Kingdom) and will go into production in November in the Manchester area.
Commenting on the drama, Winstone said: “Alan Whiting has created and written a gift of a role. I’m excited to be playing him and to be working with the great Amanda Redman. She’s such a fine actress, and together with Adrian Shergold and the production team, I’m sure we’ll be able to bring Jimmy and Jackie to life.”
The drama will go into production in November in the Manchester area.
Kieran Roberts, ITV’s Creative Director of Drama, said: “The Trials of Jimmy Rose is a warm, funny and compelling drama about a man with a criminal past who has to prove to his wife and his family that it’s never too late to start over.
“I am thrilled that Ray Winstone and Amanda Redman – two of Britain’s finest actors – will be playing Jimmy and Jackie and I can’t wait to start shooting in Manchester in a few weeks. “