From There to Here is produced by Kudos Film & Television for BBC One and stars Philip, Bernard Hill (Five Days, Lord Of The Rings), Steven Mackintosh (What Remains, Inside Men), Saskia Reeves (Wallander, Luther), Liz White (Life On Mars, The Woman In Black), Daniel Rigby (Big School, Eric And Ernie) and Morven Christie (Hunted, 2012).
The drama begins in June 1996 on the day an IRA bomb destroyed much of Manchester's City Centre - the same summer England was united in optimism for Euro ‘96. From There To Here tells the story of a city, an era and two families from different sides of the tracks whose lives are brought together in the aftermath of the bomb. The story spans the four years that changed Manchester and the country forever - from ‘Football’s Coming Home’ in 1996, to New Labour sweeping to power in 1997, and finally to the hangover after the Millennium celebrations of 2000.
With an epic sweep, From There To Here charts the tragic and comic misadventures of two families as Manchester is being rebuilt.
Daniel Cotton (Philip) and his father Samuel (Hill) run a sweet factory, and Daniel has the perfect Cheshire family, with his wife Claire (Reeves), son Charlie (Rigby) and daughter Louise (Christie). His rough-diamond/street-wise brother Robbo (Mackintosh) has a serious rift with his father, and is immersed in the rough urban life of Manchester, where he runs a night club.
Daniel, Samuel and Robbo are caught up in the blast alongside hotel cleaner Joanne (White). Their survival of a near-death experience provokes changes in their lives that soon spin out of control.
This story is told against the backdrop of a great northern city that is reinventing itself in the face of adversity and massive socio-economic change. The material damage to the city is echoed in the fault line running through the Cotton family's fractured relations.
Written by Peter Bowker, From There To Here is a 3x60-minute mini-series and produced by Tim Bricknell (The Fear, Eric And Ernie), executive produced by Derek Wax (Occupation, The Hour) and Peter Bowker for Kudos Film & Television, and executive produced by Stephen Wright, Head of Drama BBC Northern Ireland. It is directed by James Strong (The Great Train Robbery, Broadchurch).