Channel 4 Orders Bash Doran Period Thriller Jerusalem

Channel 4 has commissioned new six-part period thriller Jerusalem, written and created by Bash Doran (Masters of Sex), set in the aftermath of the Second World War when Britain was struggling to define itself in a new world order.

The story follows Feef Symonds, a bold and ambitious 20-something woman who joins the Civil Service in 1945, just as Attlee’s Labour party sweeps to victory, defeating Churchill in an electoral bolt from the blue. Her ambition to make something of her life, which goes unrecognised by her family, is furthermore complicated by her American lover.

Feef agrees to spy on her own government for the Americans, who have a hidden agenda in making sure England’s burgeoning Socialist ambitions don’t play into Soviet hands. Struggling to work out what she stands for, and what she’s capable of, Feef must learn to think for herself and play by her own rules at a time when knowledge becomes power and nothing and no-one are what they seem.

Channel 4 Head of Drama, Beth Willis, says: “Bash’s writing is so evocative and immersive you can’t help but to hold on tightly to her extraordinary and diverse cast of characters and never let them go. She has found contemporary resonance in the past at every turn. We are honoured and excited that Bash and the brilliant 42 and Twenty Twenty will be bringing 6 hours of this insightful, epic and sweeping tale to Channel 4.”