Robson Green and Sue Johnston star in new "Cutting It-style" drama
Put together by Cutting It creators and packed with an all-star cast which includes Sue Johnston, Polly Walker, Lisa Riley, and Sarah Parish’s husband James Murray, the six-part BBC series will explore a “family saga set in a Manchester salon”.
Bel (Walker) and Wesley (Murray) have been married for 18 years and are parents to grown-up twins, when Bel is persuaded by her best friend Teddy (Green) to rescue the struggling family business in the Northern Quarter.
With the story set in motion, she has to deal with a number of obstacles and comic moments including the involvement of her sisters and various other employees as she juggles finances and attempts to find some business sense.
But a further problem arises in the form of a sexy 20-something personal trainer, played by Madeleine Mantock, who enters the scene and catches the eye of Bel’s wandering husband.
Robson Green is starring in a new BBC drama
Polly Walker plays main character Bel who takes over the salon
It’s a tribute to Debbie Horsfield beautifully written characters that we have attracted such a brilliant cast.
The series’ creators have said to expect “an exploration of youth, age, instant gratification and long-term relationships set within the beauty industry”.
Fans of the show’s writer are eager for production to get underway as the cast comes together. Executive producer Sally Haynes said: “It’s a tribute to Debbie Horsfield’s beautifully written characters that we have attracted such a brilliant cast to Age Before Beauty.”
Producer Roopesh Parekh also said of the northern native that she showcases her “extraordinary talent for weaving explosive events with the delicate struggles of a marriage” time and time again.
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Green was last seen on the ITV crime drama Grantchester, which follows the life of Sidney Chambers, a charismatic and charming clergyman who is forced to become detective when one of his parishioners dies in a suspected murder. So this role should prove no struggle for him.
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Sue Johnston will also appear in the series as an unnamed character
Production company Mainstream Pictures will helm the programme, produced by Guy De Glanville, and directed by Paul Norton Walker, of Riviera fame.
Filming is due to begin in Manchester next week.