ITV has cast Steven Mackintosh and Olivia Williams in The Halcyon, a new drama about a bustling and glamorous five star hotel at the centre of London society during World War 2.
The eight-part series, currently filming in London and surrounding areas, will also feature a special guest appearance by Beverley Knight.
Other confirmed cast members include Kara Tointon (Mr Selfridge, Sound Of Music Live), Alex Jennings (The Lady In The Van, The Queen), Matt Ryan (Constantine, Arrow), Hermione Corfield (Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur, Pride and Prejudice And Zombies) and Mark Benton (Eddie The Eagle, Waterloo Road).
Last year the show’s executive producer, Andy Harries, commented: “1940 is one of the most dramatic years in our islands history.
“Who could have imagined that London would survive the blitz and Luftwaffe’s attempted destruction of the city? What was it like to be in a 5 star hotel in the West End through this extraordinary period
“It’s such a compelling idea for a drama. The world of the Halcyon hotel has to carry on, through thick and thin and against all odds.
“The bedrooms have to be made safe, the bars have to stay open, and the band has to play on. People have to sleep, eat and survive.
“Our opening line says it all: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’.”