ITV announced the commission of the four-part drama “Archie,” the story of Cary Grant’s life, to premiere on its free streaming service ITVX later this year. The show is written by award-winning screenwriter Jeff Pope and stars Jason Isaacs in the leading role. ITV Studios will be responsible for the international distribution of the title.
The drama will be produced by ITV Studios, with BritBox International as a co-production partner, and with the blessing of Cary Grant’s daughter, Jennifer Grant, and ex-wife Dyan Cannon. Amongst many sources, Pope has interviewed both women extensively. Dyan and Jennifer act as Executive Producers.“As with many of my projects, I started at the end and worked backwards. I discovered that, at the height of his fame, Cary Grant retired to look after his young daughter. Intrigued, I started to dig into why he had become a single father. What had happened? My journey led me to Bristol, and a young boy called Archie Leach. Cary Grant became one of the most iconic figures of the twentieth century, beloved by presidents and paupers. The key to everything lay in his childhood,” Jeff Pope commented.
“Jeff’s scripts beautifully tell the story of Archie, the Bristol boy who was abandoned by his father and ran away to Hollywood, where remarkably he transformed and became Cary Grant. His story is emotional and surprising, and Jeff’s scripts brilliantly explore the man behind the Hollywood legend who will be played by the amazing Jason Isaacs. I am delighted to be working with Jeff and director Paul Andrew Williams once again on what will be a real treat for ITVX audiences,” said Polly Hill, Head of Drama at ITV.
“We are truly thrilled to be working with Jeff and Jason, and ITV, on this extraordinary story, and are proud to be collaborating with these world-class talents. Jeff’s scripts are ambitious, surprising, and hugely entertaining – qualities which will make 'Archie' a delight for BritBox audiences all around the world,” added Diederick Santer on behalf of BritBox International.