BBC Unveils Cast and First Look for Upcoming Drama “Mr Loverman”

Lennie James as Mr Loverman

The BBC has revealed the full cast and first-look images for its upcoming drama series “Mr Loverman“, based on the novel of the same name by Bernardine Evaristo.

“Mr Loverman” stars Lennie James (“Save Me”, “Line of Duty”) as Barrington Jedidiah Walker, a 74-year-old, Antiguan-born Hackney resident with a penchant for retro suits. James’ character, known as Barry to his friends, has been hiding a decades-long secret: a passionate affair with his best friend and soulmate, Morris, played by Ariyon Bakare (“Life”, “His Dark Materials”). Unbeknownst to his wife of 50 years, Carmel, played by Sharon D. Clarke (“Doctor Who”, “Informer”), Barry has been leading a double life. Carmel suspects her husband of cheating with other women, but the truth is closer to home.

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Mr Loverman

The series also stars Tamara Lawrance (“Get Millie Black”, “Time Series 2“) and Sharlene Whyte (“Small Axe”, “Stephen”) as Barrington and Carmel’s daughters, Maxine and Donna, respectively. Tahj Miles (“Small Axe”, “Death in Paradise”) joins the cast as their grandson, Daniel.

The younger versions of the central trio will be played by Keenan Munn-Francis (“Black Dog”, “Passing Strange”) as young Barrington, Gabin Kongolo (“Bariau”, “The Suspect”) as young Morris, and Lauren Akosia (“Whitstable Pearl”, “The Slaves”) as Carmelita, the younger version of Carmel.

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Lennie James as Mr Loverman

“Mr Loverman” is a life-affirming story about family, love, and being true to oneself. It explores the complexities of long-held secrets, societal expectations, and the impact of choices on loved ones.

The eight-part series is adapted by Nathaniel Price (“The Outlaws”, “Noughts + Crosses”) and directed by Hong Khaou (“Alice & Jack”, “Baptiste”). It will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year.

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