Nicola Walker Leads Abi Morgan Legal Drama The Split

BBC One has announced that Nicola Walker (Unforgotten) will star in new six-part drama The Split, written by Abi Morgan (The Hour), which examines the very fabric of 21st century marriage, the meaning of commitment and the nature of the ever-changing idea of family.

The Split is set in London, the divorce capital of the world where competition for clients is fierce, and begins as esteemed divorce lawyer Hannah (Nicola Walker) quits the family firm when her formidable mother Ruth (Deborah Findlay) refuses her promotion.

Landing at a rival firm alongside old flame Christie (Barry Atsma), Hannah comes head to head with Ruth and impulsive sister Nina (Annabel Scholey) in the bitter divorce of Goldie (Meera Syal) and multi-millionaire husband Davey (Stephen Tompkinson). Meanwhile, the marriage of younger sister Rose (Fiona Button) looms on the horizon.

When their estranged father returns after 30 years the sisters are forced to confront their past. Facing the reality of her dad’s abandonment, and reconnecting with Christie, Hannah begins to question her relationships with the men in her life – including her seemingly contented marriage to the smart and affable Nathan (Stephen Mangan).

The Split begins production next week and will be filmed on location in London.