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Five things you need to know about new ITV series Cheat: Who's starring in it? What is it about?

ITV has a long tradition of absorbing dramas, ranging from Broadchurch to Cold Feet, but their latest effort could be the tensest yet.

Cheat, a psychological thriller produced by the team behind Liar, sounds extremely exciting, with audiences keen for details on the show.

Here are five things you need to know about Cheat!

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 13: Molly Windsor winner of Leading Actress for ‘Three Girls’ poses in the press room at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

What is Cheat about?

According to ITV, Cheat depicts the “dangerous relationship between university professor Leah, and her student Rose, when, what begins as a seemingly open and shut case of academic deception, spirals out of control, triggering a devastating sequence of events.”

The tense thriller will reportedly “keep audiences guessing from the start”, exploring “just how far we’re prepared to stand up for what we believe, and at what cost”.

Who is Starring in Cheat?

The two lead roles will be filled by Katherine Kelly and Molly Windsor, who will play Leah and Rose respectively.

Katherine starred in Coronation Street between 2006 and 2012, winning numerous awards for her performance as Becky Granger. She has also starred in several BBC dramas, ranging from Doctor Who spin-off Class to Happy Valley and The Night Manager.

Molly found fame as an 11-year old when she stunned audiences with her performance in The Unloved, a 2009 Channel 4 film written by Samantha Morton. After years of studying at drama school, Molly returned to the screen in 2017 with the BBC miniseries Three Girls, winning a BAFTA for her performance.

Supporting roles will be undertaken by Peter Firth (Spooks), Lorraine Ashbourne (The Interceptor), Tom Goodman-Hill (Humans) and Adrian Edmonson (War & Peace).

Katherine Kelly Arriving For The 2012 British Soap Awards At Itv London Studios, South Bank, London. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Who is Writing and Producing Cheat?

The new drama will be written by newcomer Gaby Hull, in what is her first original television work. She has previously contributed to episodes of Benidorm in collaboration with other writers, but Cheat is her first solo work.

Gaby also wrote a low-budget British thriller film called The Dark Mile, which starred Sheila Hancock and Finlay MacMillan.

Cheat will be produced by Two Brothers Pictures, a company headed Harry and Jack Williams. In addition to Liar, they have produced The Missing, Fleabag and White Dragon.

Who is Directing Cheat?

Rather than having a different director for each episode, ITV have decided to keep the same person behind the camera for each of the four instalments.

Louise Hooper will be tasked with bringing this interesting drama to the screen, with her healthy back catalogue in television making her a good fit.

Louise has a strong link with documentaries, directing parts of The British and Filthy Cities. She has gradually moved into fictional dramas, helming episodes of medical shows Doctors and Holby City, whilst also being behind the camera for Cold Feet and Vera. 

Her biggest gig to date was a three-episode directorial stint for Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, which stars James Nesbitt in the lead role.

When Will Cheat Air? What Channel Will it be on?

Cheat is set to air in March 2019, though ITV are yet to announce an exact date.

The series will consist of four episodes, which will presumably air on the company’s flagship channel, ITV1.

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