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ITV have unveiled a one minute video highlighting upcoming dramas for the network. Produced by ITV Creative, the promotional trailer features the drama series coming to air this autumn on ITV including Strangers, Unforgotten, Dark Heart, Butterfly and Vanity Fair.

Vanity Fair – Rising Hollywood star Olivia Cooke is Becky Sharp in ITV’s adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair. Cooke is joined by a star-studded cast including Claudia Jessie as Amelia, Tom Bateman as Captain Rawdon Crawley, Charlie Rowe as George Osborne, Johnny Flynn as William Dobbin, Martin Clunes as Sir Pitt Crawley, Frances de La Tour as Miss Matilda Crawley, Suranne Jones as Miss Pinkerton and Michael Palin as Thackeray himself.

Strangers –  Professor Jonah Mulray’s life is turned upside-down when he receives a call from Hong Kong.  His wife, Megan, lived and worked there half the year, but Jonah lives a small, sheltered life, and his fear of flying has kept from travelling with his wife. But now he has no choice but to cross the ocean to and makes a shocking discovery about his wife. Over the course of eight thrilling hours, Jonah is drawn deeper and deeper into a web of conspiracy as he comes to terms with this utterly alien and unfamiliar environment, battling to uncover the truth about his wife’s life in Hong Kong. John Simm stars as Jonah Mulray.

Unforgotten – Drawing on complex and current issues, the emotional drama questions everyday morality and analyses the very human stories behind crime as lead characters DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan, played by Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar, unravel the truth behind historic murders. The new six-part series will be written once again by Chris Lang and will see Cassie and Sunny delve into another intricate historical investigation, revealing a fresh web of long-buried secrets.

Butterfly – From a young age, 11-year-old son, Max, has identified as a girl and as puberty looms, he begins to present increasing signs of gender variance. When Max was eight, his father, Stephen, left the family home. But as Max’s conviction that he’s in the wrong body intensifies, his distress escalates, and Stephen seizes the opportunity to return to live at the family home and support his son. However differently Max’s parents feel about their child potentially being transgender, they agree on one thing, Max’s welfare is paramount.

What unfolds for all the family members involved is the greatest challenge and test of love and understanding imaginable. The social transitioning of Max to Maxine is initially thwarted because of the clear division of opinion between Vicky and Stephen.  Butterfly stars Anna Friel as Vicky and Emmett J Scanlan as Stephen.

Dark Heart – Whilst devoting his life to his work, Will Wagstaffe, also know as Staffe to his colleagues, battles personal demons.  He’s haunted by the unresolved murder of his parents, which affects both his private and professional life including his on-off romance with sometimes girlfriend, Sylvie.  His closest relationship is with his sister Juliette and young nephew Harry, who stays with him when Juliette has troubles with her boyfriend.

With no parents and no significant partner of his own, Juliette and Harry mean everything to Staffe.  Determined and tenacious, Wagstaffe is an exceptionally good police officer, in spite of the fact he’s been known for pushing the boundaries of what’s considered acceptable policing. Tom Riley is Will Wagstaffe whilst his sister Juliette is played by Charlotte Riley.

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