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Penelope Wilton books post-'Downton Abbey' job in 'Brief Encounters'

By Karen Butler
Penelope Wilton books post-'Downton Abbey' job in 'Brief Encounters'
British actress Penelope Wilton attends the premiere of "Match Point" in London on December 18, 2005. Photo by Rune Hellestad/UPI | License Photo

LONDON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Penelope Wilton, Sophie Rundle, Angela Griffin and Sharon Rooney are to star in Brief Encounters, a series British broadcaster ITV describes as a "fresh and funny six-part drama."

Now filming in Sheffield, the project is from CPL Productions and set in the early 1980s. It also stars Peter Wight, Don Gilet, Karl Davies and Ben Bailey Smith.

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Wilton is known for her work in Downton Abbey, while Rundle's credits include Peaky Blinders, Griffin appeared in Waterloo Road and Rooney is from My Mad Fat Diary.

"We're delighted to have on board such a wonderful, inspiring cast to bring Brief Encounters boldly to life," executive producer Arabella McGuigan said in a statement. "Our four central female characters, their associated menfolk, mothers and friends are strong, relatable, surprising and funny and they'll leap off the page in the hands of our stars. We can't wait to see the first results."

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