Joanne Frogatt has opened up about a gripping new drama set to air on ITV later this year.
The 41-year old actress will play the title character in Angela Black alongside Michiel Huisman (The Flight Attendant) who plays her husband Olivier Meyers.
Episode 1 shows Angela in London, living with her husband Olivier Meyers and their two children. It seems like Angela has an idyllic lifestyle.
It quickly becomes clear that Angela is a victim to domestic abuse and is trapped in a relationship she can’t escape.
Two Brothers Pictures produced the series. They are also responsible for Liar, in which Joanne starred as Laura Neilson.
Opening up about her new role, Joanne told Daily Star and other press: “For me it’s all about doing the best possible job I can do, and making the show together as a team, the best possible piece of work we can make it.”
“Jack and Harry [Williams] write these incredible thrillers with underlying issues underneath.”
Executive Producer Sarah Hammond added: “I think as writers, they’re sort of societal barometers.
“I think what they always want to do is that if something is in national conversation, they want to write about it, they want to find a way to connect with it.”
One day, Angela is visited out of the blue by a private investigator called Ed (Samuel Adewunmi), who reveals to her some of her husband’s darkest secrets.
“As the show progresses, we end up finding out a lot more about Ed,” Sam, the actor.
“My initial reaction was just one of intrigue and being taken in by this character and what his motives were and trying to understand where he sat in the whole show.
“There’s an air of mystery about him that maintains throughout the show, until maybe a couple of episodes before the end. I was just really taken in by this guy.
“The element of mystery he has as well is always something quite fascinating to explore.”
After being faced with some horrifying truths about her husband, Angela risks everything to fight back against the man who has suppressed and tormented her for most of her life.
“She hasn’t in our first episode, yet got to that point. She hasn’t yet found her strength and found herself,” Joanne explained.
“When we meet her, she’s seemingly living this perfect life and she’s got this lovely husband and lovely house, lovely children and from the outside, everything is dreamy.
“There’s much more beneath the surface.”
“Her character was very interesting to me. I enjoyed the journey with her of discovering her mind again and finding her way through each stage of her life. Finding her voice again and having to fight for her cause again.
Ahead of filming, Joanne said she that “did a lot of research” for the role and went on to explain that that charity Women’s Aid were incredible in supporting the team and pointing her in the right direction.
Executive Producer Sarah Hammond said that the support of charity Women’s Aid was vital when developing the scripts, saying, “Working with Women’s Aid, Theresa and the team there, it was so vital that collaboration.
“Whenever you develop a drama that has this subject matter, you want to make sure you do your research. It has a significant impact on many people.
“The other thing that Women’s Aid did brilliantly, is that they read all the scripts and advised on them. Not only did they get under the skin of Angela’s psychology and what she would do, how she would behave, but also a lot of it, that was quite interesting, was Olivier’s psychology.
“How would he act? What’s he thinking? That I think added such a layer of truth to it, which was really essential.”
Reflecting on the new series, Director Craig Viveiros said, “I think that part of what the show does, is show people that you are not alone.”
“Angela’s plight is one that many women are facing.”
He adds that, “I think it’s really important for us to stand up and say, if you’re suffering, if you’re a victim of this, it’s ok to seek help.”
Angela Black airs on ITV this Autmun