Carnival Films and BBC announce filming has begun on 'The 7.39'

1 May 2013

Sheridan Smith (Mrs Biggs) and David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) head up a cast that includes Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) and Sean Maguire (Scott & Bailey) in the new drama, The 7.39 for BBC One.

The 7.39 is a two-part romantic drama written by One Day author David Nicholls. After fighting for a seat on their morning commute, Sally Thorn (Sheridan Smith) and Carl Matthews (David Morrissey) begin talking and suddenly their daily train journey becomes a lot more interesting.  Relatively happy in their home lives, they are, however, drawn to each other. As their friendship grows to flirtation they refuse to admit - to each other or themselves - that a line might be crossed. The consequences of discovery will be life-changing, catastrophic perhaps, and yet they can’t help falling in love.

Writer, David Nicholls says: “The 7.39 is a love story for grown-ups, the sort of drama that has not been seen on television for a while. I'm delighted to be writing for the BBC again and working with such a terrific cast and production team.”

Executive Producer, Sally Woodward Gentle, says: “We are excited to be involved in a project not just with David Nicholls but with the extraordinary talent of David Morrissey, Sheridan Smith, Olivia Colman and Sean Maguire. You couldn't imagine a stronger team. With John Alexander directing and Lynn Horsford producing I think this could be a very magical love story.”

Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama commissioning, says: ''I'm bowled over by the award-winning and stellar cast starring in The 7.39. But it's perhaps no surprise given the wonderful scripts by David Nicholls, in his first television drama since his novel One Day became a worldwide phenomenon.”

The 7.39 is produced by Lynn Horsford, (Any Human Heart, Birdsong), directed by John Alexander (Quirke, White Heat), and executive produced by Gareth Neame and Sally Woodward Gentle.