Six part drama series Eternal Law, created and written by Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, has been commissioned by ITV for 2011.
Set in the beautiful city of York, Eternal Law is a bittersweet, uplifting drama which focuses on two central characters, Zak and Tom, who are angels sent to earth to both help a community and try to understand the human condition.
The series will examine and explore the baffling human spirit as Zak and Tom, who are both lawyers working for a local legal firm, attempt to influence humans to do right by one another. However, things don’t always go according to plan particularly when they come up against old adversary and dark angel, Richard Pembroke, who is determined they won’t succeed in their challenge to lead the community to a more harmonious way of living. Life-affirming, warm and witty, Eternal Law is a highly original contemporary series, a unique blend of the intensely real and the magical.
All episodes will be written by Ashley and Matthew, and the drama will establish that Zak is the more senior and experienced angel who has been visiting earth for 200 years. He has developed a cynicism borne out of his experiences in assisting and advising humans. However, Tom is on earth for the first time and he believes the human spirit is a wonderful thing. He has a naivety which is very appealing, but this will cause him problems throughout the series. Zak’s dilemma is more critical. The last time he was on earth he fell in love with a human, Hannah, which is completely against angelic law. He has been severely reprimanded and he knows this is his last chance to hold on to his wings. So it is a delicious and cruel irony when he discovers that Hannah is now in York, working for Richard. If he falls in love again he will become mortal and be scorned by his own kind. But Zak’s yearning for this remarkable woman is so intense…
At moments of intense emotion the viewer might see a dramatic spread of angel wings as Tom and Zak go about the streets of York, but for the most part they appear just like everyone else.
Since its inception in 1992, Kudos Film and Television has become one of the UK’s most successful and original producer of popular and award winning television drama. Productions include Spooks, Hustle, Life On Mars/Ashes to Ashes, Law & Order:UK, Occupation and The Fixer.
Monastic Productions is Matthew and Ashley’s Production Company founded in 2006. Matthew and Ashley created and wrote the highly acclaimed and award winning Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, whilst Ashley also wrote and created Wild at Heart, which is in its 6th series for ITV.
Pre-production for Eternal Law begins in November 2010 and shooting starts on 14 February 2011.
Commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama Commissioning, Laura Mackie and Controller of Drama Commissioning Sally Haynes, Eternal Law is due for transmission during 2011.
“Eternal Law is a unique and original drama from two of the country’s best and most imaginative writers. They have created two brilliant characters in Zac and Tom and I’m delighted we’re shooting this in the spectacular city of York.
Alison Jackson, co-executive producer with Jane Featherstone and Simon Crawford-Collins for Kudos Film and Television said:
“We are delighted to be making this compelling, witty and entertaining new series for ITV which has the ultimate love story at its heart. The stories are about good people in bad situations, often facing a crisis in their lives and the angels who are charged to help them. Matthew and Ashley have brought their magic to another wonderfully fresh and original concept and we are thrilled to be working with them again.”
And on behalf of Monastic Productions, Ashley Pharoah commented:
“This idea has been a passion of ours for some years now and we always thought its natural home was ITV. To make it with our friends and long-term producing partners at Kudos just makes it that much more exciting”.
Sources: SimplyTV and LifeOfWiley