Stephen Graham Stars In New Shane Meadows Drama

Channel 4 has announced that Stephen Graham (Taboo) will star in forthcoming four-part drama The Virtues, written by Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne (This is England), said to be a love story about two people cast adrift in life and an exploration of the conflict between sin and virtue.

Joseph (Stephen Graham) is a moral yet troubled man who’s lost everything he ever held dear and who finds himself compelled to travel to Ireland to confront the demons from a childhood spent in the care system that continue to haunt him, with savage and brutal consequences.

The cast includes: Niamh Algar as Dinah, a fiery character with a closely guarded secret; Helen Behan (This is England) as Anna, the sister Joseph hasn’t seen since they were separated as children; and Frank Laverty (Michael Collins) as Anna’s husband, Michael.

Shane Meadows says: “The Virtues reunites me with the peerless Stephen Graham, whilst also allowing me the chance to work with a host of supremely gifted actors and some incredible new talent. It takes the biblical, almost apocalyptic levels of revenge witnessed in Dead Man’s Shoes, along with the bittersweet humour from This is England and creates a landscape like nothing else I’ve ever worked on.”

The Virtues is currently being filmed on location in Sheffield, Liverpool and Belfast. It will air on Channel 4 in 2019.