“Poldark’s” Aidan Turner will play a maverick coach who guides an up-and-coming tennis player (Ella Lily Hyland) to stardom in Amazon Prime Video’s new British drama “Fifteen-Love.”
Created by Hania Elkington, Fifteen-Love explores the fictional story of Justine Pearce (Hyland), a young sports prodigy who has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the world of Grand Slam tennis, aided by her coach Glenn Lapthorn (Turner). , with whom he shared an intense relationship.
Together they reached the semifinals of the French Open, but Justina’s dream was cut short by a devastating injury and the end of her professional career. Five years later, now 22, Justine has a new life as a therapist at her old Longwood tennis academy, but when she makes an explosive accusation against her former coach, everyone is forced to rethink what they thought I know about Justine and Glenn’s past. success.
Along with Turner and Hyland, the show also stars Anna Chancellor (“The Crown”), Jessica Darrow (“Encanto”), Tom Varey (“Ridley Road”), Lorenzo Richelmy (“Marco Polo”), Manon Azem (” Your Honor”). ”), Elizabeth Berrington (“The Nevers”), Amar Chadha-Patel (“Willow”), Steffan Rhodri (“House of Dragons”) and newcomers Maria Margarida Almeida and Harmony Rose-Bremner.
The series is produced by ITV Studios-backed ‘Line of Duty’ producer World Productions.
In addition to writing the show, Elkington also executive produces alongside Jake Lushington (“Vigil”) for World Productions. The directors are Eva Riley (“Perfect Ten”) and Toby MacDonald (“Ragdoll”). The series is produced by Natasha Romaniuk (“The Suspect”). The show, which is currently filming, will launch on Prime Video in the UK and Ireland next year.
“The voice of women in sports has never been heard as loud and clear as it has been in the past two years,” Elkington said. “From Simone Biles to Naomi Osaka, Emma Răducanu to Pam Shriver, the pressures and realities of being at the top of your game on the world stage are finally getting to us, making us look again at the price our young prodigies can pay . the goals they work so hard to achieve. Writing this drama and the people I met through my deep research was eye-opening. I hope that ‘Fifteen-Love’ has the same effect on its audience and can become another valuable part of this urgent and emerging story.”
Turner added: “Hania’s scripts and characters are so incredibly layered and nuanced, tackling themes and issues in the world of sport that I don’t think have been explored on screen before. I am delighted to take on the complex role of Glenn and look forward to working with Ella, Hania, World Productions, Prime Video and the rest of the cast to bring this important story to life.”
Hyland added: “When I read ‘Fifteen-Love’ I was immediately struck by how important and unique the story was. Hania’s writing looks at the gray areas in relationships and power dynamics. Justine is such a gorgeous and complicated character. I feel so lucky to be playing it and to be part of such a brave and daring team.”
Lushington said: “It’s so rare to find such a complex, compelling and relevant story that has such warmth, passion and humour. With such an insight into what could happen behind the scenes, audiences will never watch a professional tennis match the same way again.”
“Fifteen-Love” joins a growing list of UK originals for Prime Video. The service recently launched “Ten Percent,” its UK adaptation of “Call My Agent!” and other shows include “Good Omens,” “Clarkson’s Farm,” “The Grand Tour,” “Lovestruck High” and “Backstage with Katherine Ryan “. ‘, alongside sports-themed programs such as ‘All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur’ and the upcoming ‘All or Nothing: Arsenal’.