Filming Begins On ‘Jamestown’ Season 3. Ben Batt Joins The Cast.
As filming begins near Budapest on the 3rd Season of Sky One’s historical drama ‘Jamestown‘, the channel has announced a new face has joined the cast – ‘Shameless’ star Ben Batt.
The 3rd series is again written by Bill Gallagher (‘Lark Rise to Candleford’), and continues to chart the early days of the first British settlers in America and the birth of the nation. With trade booming and the tobacco farms established, the settlers’ pioneering aspiration soon clashes with reality as they begin to strive for more than new lives – now they crave control and power.
The flourishing community creates new tensions between the English and the Pamunkey, and with politics rife in the air, the idealism of the New World is tested. As Yeardley’s thirst for power grows, can he handle the consequences? And how far will Opechancanough go to protect his native land?
Ben Batt will play enigmatic trader Willmus Crabtree, and joins the series’ ensemble cast, which includes Max Beesley (Henry), Sophie Rundle (Alice), Naomi Battrick (Jocelyn), Jason Flemyng (Yeardley) and Niamh Walsh (Verity) as they return for more adventures in 17th-century Virginia.
I am delighted to have joined the Jamestown cast,” commented Batt. “It’s such an incredible show. I am excited to see how my character, Willmus Crabtree, shakes up the dynamic among the settlers, and I am really enjoying working with such a talented cast and crew.”
Batt is probably best known for his role as the villainous Joe Pritchard in Channel 4 comedy-drama ‘Shameless’, but has also appeared in shows such as ‘Scott & Bailey’, ‘The Village’, ‘In the Dark’ and ‘W1A’.
“The settlement has come a long way since the first group of women landed on the shores of Virginia in series one and we’re so excited to continue to tell their tales,” adds Richard Fell, executive producer for production company Carnival Films. “Ben Batt has been a tremendous addition to an extremely talented cast this year with a brilliant portrayal of the mischievous Willmus Crabtree.”
‘Jamestown‘ Season 3 was commissioned for Sky by Head Of Drama Anne Mensah and commissioning editor and executive producer for Sky Cameron Roach. Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Richard Fell will executive produce for Carnival Films and the producer is Lis Steele. No news on an air date yet, but we would expect it to land in early 2019.