John Simm (Doctor Who; Life On Mars) and Oscar and BAFTA award winning actor Jim Broadbent (Any Human Heart; Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2) head an all-star cast in the gripping new three-part psychological thriller, Exile, which has been described as “pure class” (The Sun), “gripping and intriguing” (Daily Mail) and “a domestic drama of impressive depth and power” (The Daily Telegraph).


Created by BAFTA Award winning writer and producer Paul Abbott (Shameless; Touching Evil), directed by John Alexander (Small Island; Sense And Sensibility), written by BAFTA Award winnerDanny Brocklehurst (Shameless; Clocking Off) and co-starring Olivia Colman (Peep Show),Claire Goose (The Bill; Waking The Dead), Timothy West (Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal) andShaun Dooley (South Riding; Married Single Other), Exile spins a compelling mystery story around the themes of strained family relationships, prodigal redemption and the challenges of having to cope with Alzheimer’s disease.

Tom Ronstadt (Simm) is a journalist making a name for himself in London until a combination of booze, drugs and sexual indiscretions sees his career on the skids and his personal life in ruins. To escape the fallout, Tom returns to his family home in Lancashire for the first time in two decades, where he finds his father, Sam (Broadbent), lost in the grip of Alzheimer’s and now being cared for by Tom’s younger sister, Nancy (Colman).


The return home stirs up uncomfortable memories for Tom as he recalls the circumstances that led him to leave for London all those years ago. The cause of the incident in question, linked to his childhood, has always remained a mystery for him… until now. Despite his investigations into the past being frustratingly hampered by his father’s failure to remember what happened, Tom persists in digging for the truth and uncovers a devastating secret far beyond his imagination and one that will change his, Nancy’s and their father’s lives forever.

“Superbly written” and featuring “uniformly excellent” (The Sunday Telegraph) performances by a top-notch cast, Exile is both a “taut psychological thriller” (The Guardian) and an intimate, moving portrayal of a father and son’s relationship that will keep viewers hooked throughout.

Exile (cert. tbc) will be released as a two-disc DVD (£19.99) by FremantleMedia Enterprises on13th June 2011. Special Features (tbc) include: director’s audio commentary; Exile: Behind The Scenes; Alzheimer’s Society short films and further information.



1 Response » to “EXILE”

  1. Elaine says:

    I’m looking forward to the DVD – I thought the drama was extremely well done with a fabulous cast, and an utterly gripping storyline. Pretty sure I’m not the only person to want to know how Tom, Nancy, Sam, Mandy and Mike go on in their lives. Don’t suppose there’s any chance of a sequel? I really didn’t know where the story was going and it was a real jaw-dropper when the reveal came!

    Most outstanding/memorable scenes for me: the scene where Tom watches Tulse’s video (I was all but crying with him); the scene in the care home with Tom and Sam (this time I did cry!); the early scenes where Tom is looking after Sam and learns what Nancy has been coping with on her own (many tragi-comic moments here – never has the truism that laughing is one step away from crying been truer – so many bitter-sweet moments – the pizza (Sam’s contemplative chewing as he stares at Tom and Tom’s raised eyebrows say so much without a word being exchanged – wonderful!), the loo-roll unwinding, the ‘Screwdriver!’ ‘Chisel!’ moment… so many scenes I’d like to mention but this would be far too long. Suffice to say that I will definitely be looking out for anything else written by Danny Brocklehurst and the combination of John Simm (who has to be one of the most under-acknowledged actors of his generation – about time he won some serious awards for his work, hopefully this will do it) and Jim Broadbent is one I personally could watch for hours on end.

    Very well done to everyone concerned in the making of this drama. More, please!!

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