Penned by acclaimed author Cash Carraway and starring Daisy May Cooper, new BBC drama Rain Dogs is a wild, punky tale of a mother’s love for her daughter.
From the forthcoming adaptation of Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About Love and Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends to Nikki May’s Wahala, the BBC is full steam ahead right now bringing the stories of some incredible female authors to the small screen.
As we look forward to seeing those characters come to life on TV, we bring word of another very exciting development: filming has officially begun on Rain Dogs, a brand new BBC drama from acclaimed author and playwright Cash Carraway.
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First announced in 2021 with the working title Cash Carraway, the eight-episode series tells the story of a young working class single mum living with her 10-year-old daughter against the brutal lonely landscape of austerity Britain.
“Rain Dogs is a wild and punky tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, of deep-rooted and passionate friendships, and of brilliance thwarted by poverty and prejudice,” reads a synopsis from the BBC.
“Told with a dark lick of humour and an anarchic attitude, Rain Dogs stars Daisy May Cooper (This Country, Am I Being Unreasonable, Witchfinder) as Costello Jones; Jack Farthing (Spencer, The Lost Daughter, Chloe) as Selby; Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo (Alex Rider, Chevalier, Doctor Who) as Gloria Duke; and Fleur Tashjian in her debut role as Iris Jones.
“They are our four glorious Rain Dogs; a makeshift swaggerous family fed on defiance and chaos, and a deep but complicated love.”
The BBC also shared details about the characters in the series, which has just begun filming in Bristol and is co-produced by Sid Gentle Films, the production company behind Killing Eve and The Durrells.
Costello Jones (Daisy May Cooper) is a writer and single mother with a rock ’n’ roll swagger and a glint in her eye; a woman who appreciates the glamour of the gutter but would do anything to keep her daughter, Iris, from it.
Selby (Jack Farthing) is a boarding school boy educated on Brett Easton Ellis and Godard, Costello’s loyal soulmate and loving tormentor.
Gloria (Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo) is Iris’s chaotic, directionless and utterly glorious godmother who’s running out of second chances.
Iris (Fleur Tashjian) is a hustler in kid’s clothing who loves South Park, William Morris wallpaper and, more than anything, her mum.
“We’re incredibly excited to be starting production on Rain Dogs, with our fabulous cast and our partners HBO, and we can’t wait for Cash’s bold and unique voice to arrive on screen,” said commissioning editor of BBC drama, Jo McClellan.
Amy Gravitt, executive vice president of HBO Programming, added: “Along with the BBC and Sid Gentle Films, we are thrilled to be collaborating with Cash Carraway, Daisy May Cooper and everyone involved in this series about intense friendship, intense circumstances, and the intense love of a mother for her daughter.”
A release date for the series is yet to be announced, but we’ll update this piece as more details emerge.
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Christobel Hastings is Stylist's Entertainment Editor whose specialist interests include pop culture, LGBTQ+ identity and lore.