Emma Thompson joins the cast of Russell T Davies' new drama 'Years & Years'

The new show follows the Lyons family as their lives converge on one night


Words: Steve Brown

Emma Thompson has joined the cast of Russell T Davies new BBC drama Years & Years.

The two-time Academy Award winner has joined the likes of Russell Tovey, Jessica Hynes, Ruth Madeley, Anne Reid, Rory Kinnear and T’Nia Miller in the new programme by the Queer as Folk creator.

Years & Years follows the Lyons family as their complex lives converge on one crucial night in 2019 and over the next 15 years, the twists and turns of everyday life are explored and we find out whether this family could change the world.

Davies said: “This is a dream cast, put together by Andy Pryor, the man who found Jodie Whittaker to be Doctor Who.

“I’m very lucky, and very excited to start filming.”

Nicola Shindler CEO STUDIOCANAL UK, Executive producer for RED Production Company said: “No other writer could have written such an original, important and entertaining state of the nation drama; with a family at its centre that an audience will want to spend time with. I’m thrilled a cast of this calibre will bring them to life.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama added: “Russell T Davies is a master storyteller and we are utterly thrilled with this truly magnificent cast who are set to bring this unique and captivating family drama to life on BBC One.”

Casey Bloys, President HBO programming said: “HBO is thrilled to once again partner with the BBC and to be joining RED Production Company in showcasing the stellar work of Russell T Davies and Emma Thompson with this sweeping family saga which captures the spirit of our time.”