ITV have today confirmed their commission of a brand new six part drama series currently named Jambusters (working title).

The series will be set within the shadow of World War II which continues to cast a dark cloud, and follows a group of women in a rural Cheshire community.

The isolated village is far away from the impending bloodshed and battlefields but it isn't immune from the effects that come with such a tragic war.

As conflict continues to take hold of the village, women and their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers are split up, and put under increasing and extraordinary pressure in a fragmenting world.

Banding together the women have to help maintain the nation's fabric in its worst hour, discovering inner resources that will change their lives forever.

Created and writted by Simon Block with some episodes written by Mark Burt and Tina Pepler, the series is to be produced by ITV Studios and overseen by Francis Hopkinson. Catherine Oldfield will develop and executive produce alongside Francis, and Sue de Beauvoir has been named as series producer.

The new show is inspired by the book of the same name, written by Julie Summers, and begins shooting in September with filming continuing until December.

Executive Producer Francis Hopkinson commented: "Thanks to Simon Block's brilliant script, inspired by Julie Summers's book, this series will take a fresh look at life on the Home Front, showing both the tragedies and the triumphs, and offering some wonderful roles for Britain's top actresses. We are delighted that ITV share our enthusiasm for the project."

News of casting is to be released before filming begins.

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