Eve Best and Stockard Channing join Maryland cast

Eve Best is to star in Maryland credit:Bang Showbiz
Eve Best is to star in Maryland credit:Bang Showbiz

Eve Best and Stockard Channing have joined the cast of 'Maryland'.

The 'House of Dragon' star and the 'Grease' actress will appear opposite Suranne Jones in her new three-part ITVX relationship drama, which has been created by the 'Gentleman Jack' actress and screenwriter Anne-Marie O’Connor.

George Costigan, Hugh Quarshie, Dean Lennox Kelly, and Andrew Knott will also star in the series, which will be executive produced by Suranne.

It will tell the story about two sisters, down-to-earth mother of two Becca (Jones) and disciplined high-flyer Rosaline (Best), who have grown apart over the years, but they learn to love and respect each other again after some tragic events.

Becca and Rosaline travel to the Isle of Man to repatriate the body of their mother, Mary, leaving their father Richard (George) at home in Manchester.

Confined on the island, they discover shocking information about their mother and find it impossible to escape the ripple effect of her secrets and lies.

ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill said: "'Maryland' is a beautifully moving story of two sisters, and it’s hard to believe this is Anne-Marie’s first original drama commission.

"It’s a story developed by Suranne Jones and Anne-Marie, and it has been wonderful working with them and Monumental, to bring this story to screen.

"It has a wonderful cast lead by Suranne Jones and Eve Best and we are delighted that Sue Tully is directing. It promises to be a wonderful family drama for ITVX."

Alison Owen, executive producer for Monumental, added: "We feel privileged and are thrilled that Suranne has entrusted us with this, her original idea, from which Anne-Marie has crafted a wonderful drama.

"With these scripts and the support of ITV, we have attracted a dream cast and director, so we’re feeling very lucky at Monumental."

Suranne previously admitted she cannot wait to work with Anne-Marie on the drama.

She said: "I’m so excited to be working with Anne-Marie on this project. We both immediately knew how we wanted this story to unfold and to have the support from ITV and Monumental Television to let us tell it in our own way has been a breath of fresh air.

"'Maryland' delves into family dynamics and the way in which we ‘label’ each other, sometimes never letting ourselves or our siblings break free from those roles.

"We look at how we grow apart from one another and how sometimes we don’t really know anything about the people we call our own.

“I love how complex sibling relationships can be and I’m thrilled we get to do it over three wonderful hours and not as a ‘side story’.

"'Maryland' is an uncomfortable, funny and sometimes difficult story with two sisters at its heart and we can’t wait to take our audience along for the ride."

'Maryland' will film on location in Ireland for transmission on ITVX in 2023.