Aidan Turner.. Declan O’Hara
Producers: Dominic Treadwell-Collins’ indie Happy Prince,
Writers: Dominic Treadwell-Collins is also EPing and writing with Laura Wade.
Executive Producer: Dominic Treadwell-Collins and Alexander Lamb
Lead director: Elliot Hegarty
Series Producer: Eliza Mellor (Poldark)
Filming April 2023 at Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol UK and surrounding area. Filming expected to continue through the summer of 2023.
Rivals is part of iconic British author Cooper’s bestselling Rutshire Chronicles and is set against the backdrop of the drama, excess and shocking antics of the power-grabbing social elite of 1980s England.
Set in the fictional upper-class county of Rutshire, Rivals dives headfirst into the cutthroat world of independent television in 1986 when a long-standing rivalry between two powerful men is about to boil over: ex-Olympian, Member of Parliament and notorious womanizer Rupert Campbell-Black (Alex Hassell) and his neighbor Tony Baddingham (Tennant), controller of the independent TV franchise Corinium Television.
Aidan Turner is TV presenter Declan O’Hara, a fierce intellectual with an even fiercer temper who is wooed to Corinium from the BBC, while EastEnders actor Dyer is Freddie Jones, a self-made electrics millionaire.
Somerset pub used as film location for racy new TV drama Rivals