Glass Houses with Dawn French: Premiere Date & Where to Watch

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Dawn French and Julie Hesmondhalgh star in Glass Houses

If you loved Dawn French in Delicious and Vicar of Dibley, you'll be delighted to know she's the star of an upcoming comedy-drama by Genial Productions. The new series went into production earlier this year in Devon, filming six one-hour episodes.

What's Glass Houses About?

According to Genial Production's Managing Director and Executive Producer Sophie Clarke-Jervois, “It's a cautionary tale for anyone wanting to gain popularity by passing on unfounded gossip, and Mark Brotherhood's scripts are packed full of intrigue, comedy, and suspense.”

If you follow a lot of British entertainment news, you may recognize Sophie as an executive producer for shows like Ladies of Letters, Benidorm, Boy Meets Girl, Mount Pleasant, Two Pints of Lager & a Packet of Crisps, and Coupling. She also produced a couple episodes of Vicar of Dibley

Glass Houses is set in the fictional coastal Devon village of Thurlbury as it approaches its 500th anniversary celebrations. Dawn French plays village gossip Maggie Connors, a central figure in the close-knit town. She makes it her business to know the details of everyone's life, but when she gives a revealing interview to a local radio host, it sets of a series of dark and unfortunate events in the small community. 

Saskia Schuster, Comedy Controller at ITV, says, “Glass Houses is a new drama in the tradition of Doc Martin and The Darling Buds of May, full of warmth and intriguing characters. This new series will embrace its beautiful idyllic South Devon setting as we meet the villagers of Thurlbury and find out how an innocent afternoon spent indiscreetly gossiping has a domino effect on the whole village.” 

 

Who's Starring in Glass Houses?

Dawn French's character Maggie has been happily married to headmaster Peter (played by Mark Heap of Friday Night Dinner) for nearly 40 years, and their son Jamie and his wife Becka live nearby. Jamie is played by Phil Dunster (Save Me), while the actress playing Becka hasn't yet been announced. 

Other notable residents include Maggie’s best friend Jill (Julie Hesmondhalgh of Broadchurch), Brian the publican, school secretary Karen (played by Vicki Pepperdine of Getting On), the town’s GP Carol, local shopkeeper Emil (Tomi May of Line of Duty)  and Kelly who works in the hair salon (Kerry Howard of Young Hyacinth).  Also part-time resident is the handsome Marcus (played by Patrick Robinson of Mount Pleasant), who rents a cottage to write his best-selling novels.

Note that some character names and details could change, as these details were announced pretty early in the process (and some of the named characters aren't showing up in IMDb Pro, which makes us think they might have been changed at some point). 

 

Where is Glass Houses Filmed?

The South Devon village of Noss Mayo, Image: Visit South Devon

 

Glass Houses is being filmed primarily in the small Devon village of Noss Mayo. It's a beautiful community of around 500 people, and while the show calls it Thurlbury and has it celebrating its 500th anniversary, the first mention of the real town was in 1198. You can learn more about Noss Mayo (and visiting the area) over on Visit South Devon. You can also walk around the village via Google Street View HERE

The series is also filming in the nearby village of Horrabridge, on the western edge of Dartmoor. Though we've not seen official confirmation, the production team was in talks with the Reflections Salon about  using it as a possible filming location. A hairdressing salon is a central part of the story, so we may be seeing Reflections in the series. You can walk around the neighbourhood on Google Street View HERE

 

Reflections of Horrabridge. Image: Google Street View 

 

The Glass Houses production team also put out a casting call for extras in the town of Saltash, Cornwall (seen below). It's just across the river from Plymouth, and it's home to roughly 12,000 residents – making it quite a bit bigger than the other filming locations. It's unknown which parts were filmed there. 

 

The view from Saltash, Cornwall

In researching this upcoming series, I was thrilled to discover that the production company, Genial Productions, really was quite genial about their filming practices. In a post on their Facebook page, they revealed that not only did they make a point of recycling and offering reusable bottles to cast and crew, but they reduced travel as much as possible, housing crew locally and using trains instead of planes. They also made sure food used for set dressing was donated to a local food bank. 

 

When Does Glass Houses Premiere, & Where Can You Watch It?

Glass Houses is expected to premiere on ITV in 2020. We've not seen any firm details about a date or US distribution yet, but if you have ITV, you'll definitely be able to watch this one.

If it sounds like your cup of tea and you're in the US or Canada, you can make suggestions to Acorn TV HERE or to BritBox by emailing suggestions-us@britbox.com.

 

Will You Check Out Glass Houses?

Will you be watching for the Glass Houses premiere date? As huge Vicar of Dibley fans, we'll definitely be on the lookout for more details – and we'll update this post as soon as we have them.  In the meantime, I'll leave you with one more funny post from Dawn French's Twitter…

 

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Glass Houses has a planned air date in 2020 on ITV

2 Comments

  1. When I saw the picture for Glass Houses, I recognized Dawn French but I also thought the woman with her looked familiar. Julie Hesmondhaleigh who used to play Haley on Coronation Street. HA! I was right! It’ll be interesting to see Julie in a new project. I loved Haley, but I understood she felt the need to move on.

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