Suranne Jones stars as Ruth Slater, a woman released from prison on license after serving 15 years for the murder of two policemen, in a major three-part drama airing on ITV from 12th January. Unforgiven has been written and created by Sally Wainwright and is produced by Red Production Company.
Having spent half of her life in prison, Slater now faces the daunting prospect of rebuilding her life whilst being irresistibly drawn to the place that haunts her, Upper Hanging Stones Farm. In spite of trying to focus on the future and her new boyfriend Brad (Will Mellor), Ruth is unable to forget her past and the sister, Katie, who she was forced to leave behind.
Outraged to hear that the woman who killed their father has been released, Kieran (Jack Deam) and Steve Whelan (Matthew McNulty) are eager to seek revenge. Believing that life should mean life, the two brothers decide to take the law into their own hands. But just how far are they capable of going? Can they really do to her what she did to their father?
As the details about Ruth’s past become known, maintaining a job, friendship and a relationship become increasingly arduous. Ruth soon realises that the ramifications of her release spread further than she could have imagined, with far reaching implications for everyone involved.
Unforgiven also stars Peter Davison and Siobhan Finneran as John and Izzie Ingram, who now live at Upper Hanging Stones Farm; Faye McKeever as Steve’s wife Hannah, and Douglas Hodge and Jemma Redgrave as Michael and Rachel Belcombe, the adoptive parents of Emily (Flora Spencer-Longhurst) and Ruth’s sister Katie who they have renamed Lucy (Emily Beecham).
Executive Producer Nicola Shindler describes Unforgiven as “a powerful and emotional drama which follows a group of seemingly unconnected individuals exploring the links that bind them together.”
Monday, 12 January 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM