Shane Meadows And Stephen Graham Return For First Show Since ‘This Is England’

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Shane Meadows has announced a brand new project – his first since ‘This Is England’, and we cannot wait.

‘The Virtures’ will be a four part series starring Stephen Graham as Joseph – a ‘moral yet troubled’ man who returns home to Ireland to confront his troubled past after he was brought up in the care system.

But his actions have ‘savage and brutal consequences’.


Joseph’s path soon crosses that of Dinah, played by newcomer Niamh Algar. She’s fiery and more than able to stand up for herself, but like Joseph she’s also deeply guarded, holding close a secret she’s hiding from all those around her.

Helen Behan (she was in This is England ‘88 & ‘90) joins the cast as Anna, and plays Joseph’s sister who he hasn’t seen since they were separated as children, with Frank Laverty (of Michael Collins, and Angela’s Ashes) playing Michael, Anna’s husband.

In a Channel 4 statement, Shane Meadows, said:

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.

Beth Willis, Head of Drama at Channel 4, added:

We are so thrilled that the giant of a genius that is Shane Meadows has, with Mark Herbert chosen Channel 4 to be the home of his next extraordinary story, world and unforgettable characters.

This tender love story is complex and at times dark – but always shot through with heart and a large dose of humour.

The Virtues is currently filming and will premiere on Channel 4 in 2019.