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Bouquet of Barbed Wire (ITV Drama, Trevor Eve, Imogen Poots)



A modern reworking of Andrea Newman’s taboo- busting 1970s psychological drama starring Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead, Framed) as patriarch Peter Manson, along with Hermione Norris (Spooks, Kingdom), Imogen Poots (Miss Austen Regrets, 28 Weeks Later), Tom Riley (St Trinians 2, Lost in Austen), Jemima Rooper (Lost In Austen, The Black Dahlia) and Mark Lewis Jones (The Passion, The Commander).

Bouquet of Barbed Wire explores the consequences of a father’s obsessive love for his daughter and how secrets once buried in the past return to haunt their lives. Trevor Eve plays architect Peter Manson, whose apparently successful life is turned upside down when his beloved teenage daughter Prue reveals that she is pregnant by her teacher, Gavin Sorenson. The very heart of the family is threatened as Peter has an intuitive sense that Gavin is on a personal quest for revenge.

As the story unfolds, Peter employs rising star Sarah Francis, a woman in her mid-twenties. Peter and Cassie’s relationship becomes increasingly distant, and as he tries to overcome the aching fear that he has lost his daughter, Peter embarks on an affair with Sarah. But his behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, his marriage reaches breaking point and his finances go into meltdown. It is only a matter of time before the truth is revealed.

Cast: Trevor Eve (Peter Manson), Hermione Norris (Cassie Manson), Imogen Poots (Prue Sorenson), Tom Riley (Gavin Sorenson), Jemima Rooper (Sarah Francis), Ann Ogbomo (Monique)

Writer: Guy Andrews / Director: Ashley Pearce

UK / ITV – Mammoth Screen / 3×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 6-20 September 2010