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‘Downton Abbey’ star Joanne Froggatt to headline Stan drama

Joanne Froggatt, Damon Herriman.

Joanne Froggatt and Damon Herriman head the cast of The Commons, an eight-hour drama commissioned by Stan.

Created by showrunner Shelley Birse (The Code) and produced by Diane Haddon for Playmaker Media, the character-driven thriller set in the near future starts shooting in Sydney next week.

Jeffrey Walker is the set-up director, working with Rowan Woods and Jen Leacey.

Scripted by Birse, Matt Ford, Michael Miller and Matt Cameron, the plot is said to play out at the intersection of climate change and the cutting edge of biotechnology, dealing with the “heroism inside us all when our backs are against the wall.”

Graham Yost is among the executive producers together with Playmaker’s David Taylor and David Maher, Stan’s chief content officer Nick Forward, Fred Golan and Birse.

Forward tells If: “It’s a hugely ambitious project that deals with some big themes. It’s

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