TV: BBC One unveil first look at Sheridan Smith in The Barking Murders.

The BBC has today announced that Rufus Jones (Stan & Ollie), Stephanie Hyam (Bodyguard), Leanne Best(Line of Duty), Samuel Barnett (Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency) and Robert Emms (Cleaning Up) are joining the cast of The Barking Murders (w/t). They join the previously announced cast of Stephen Merchant, Sheridan Smith and Jaime Winstone

From Jeff Pope and Neil McKay, the award-winning team behind The Moorside and Appropriate Adult, the new factual drama will go beneath the headlines to shed new light on this story by telling it from the point of view of the families of Stephen Port’s victims, focusing on their fight to uncover the truth about what had happened to their lost sons and brothers in the face of a now widely criticised police investigation.

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The news coincides with the release of the first picture from the series featuring Sheridan Smith in character as Sarah Sak, the mother of Anthony Walgate. Filming on The Barking Murders (w/t) continues, with the series due to air in 2019.

On casting, Jeff Pope said: “Neil McKay and I are delighted to be working with Sheridan Smith again, who brings such honesty and passion to every character she plays. Stephen Merchant didn't hesitate when we asked him to play serial killer Stephen Port and we are so grateful that he has agreed to take on such a difficult and challenging role.”

Lucy Richer, Executive Producer for the BBC, added: “I’m so pleased that we’ve assembled such an extraordinary cast to be a part of bringing this important true story to screen with sensitivity and compassion. This compelling story shows the tireless courage and determination of the victims’ families and friends to find out what really happened; it’s an honour to tell it on BBC One.”

Written by Neil McKay, the 3x60’ drama will be directed by David Blair, produced by Serena Cullen and