Set in the Yorkshire Dales during the 1870’s, the eight part series will focus on Raine’s character Annie Quaintain who refuses to let the death of her penniless husband define who she is.
Having been kicked out of her home, Annie and her two children head to Jericho in hope of a better life.
Also joining the cast are Clarke Peters, best known for his role as Detective Lester Freamon in The Wire, and Hans Matheson from The Tudors.
Casting hits and misses
Casting hits and misses
1/8 Casting hit
Nina Gold spent 'stupid hours' deciding to cast Colin Firth in 'The King's Speech'
2/8 Casting hit
Nina Gold is one of Britain's most successful casting directors
3/8 Casting hit
Andy Pryor casts such diverse popular TV dramas as Atlantis, Blandings and Call the Midwife
4/8 Casting hit
The BBC's 'Call the Midwife' is one of Andy Pryor's many successes
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5/8 Casting miss
Elijah Wood in 'Green Street'
'The Hobbit' star plays an American college student who runs with West Ham's football firm. You're 'aving a laugh, mate: Harvard alumnus, yes, soccer hooligan, no.
6/8 Casting miss
John Wayne in 'The Conqueror'
Hollywood's greatest cowboy as Genghis Khan, leader of marauding Asiatic nomads? Not with that comedy moustache. Less Big John than big joke. Mind you…
7/8 Casting miss
Colin Farrell in 'Alexander'
Since 'In Bruges' it has become apparent that Farrell's forte is a sort of roguish low-life charm, not subjugated antiquity as Alexander the Great.
8/8 Casting miss
Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche in 'Psycho'
Oh mother! Gus Van Sant's remake of Hitchcock's classic. Camille Paglia commented that the only reason to watch it was "to see Anne Heche being assassinated".
Steve Thompson, of Sherlock and Doctor Who fame, created the series which will be directed by the BAFTA nominated Paul Whittington.
“Jericho focuses on the creation of a community from nothing and the human stories and epic struggles of survival that will emerge,” said Steve November, director of drama at ITV.
The drama will go into production later this month.
Executive Producer Kate Bartlett added: “We're delighted to be embarking on the production of Jericho, an epic character driven drama set in the visually striking landscape of a frontier community. We're also thrilled that we have a wonderful cast with Jessica Raine, Hans Matheson and Clarke Peters in the leading roles.”
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