This dark new BBC series from the makers of Killing Eve looks so good

Penned by acclaimed author Cash Carraway and starring Daisy May Cooper, new BBC drama Rain Dogs is a wild, punky tale of a mother’s love for her daughter.

How do we love thee, Daisy May Cooper? Let us count the ways.

We’ve made no secret of our fondness for This Country’s Cooper, so you better believe that we’ve been counting down the days until her new TV series, Rain Dogs, drops on the BBC.

Written and produced by the brilliant Cash Carraway – perhaps best known for her memoir Skint Estate, which recounts her life as a working class, single mother living in poverty during the 2010s – this dark comedy promises to spin an “unconventional love story” (more on that later) for everyone watching at home.

What is the plot of Rain Dogs?

A still from Daisy May Cooper’s Rain Dogs

According to the BBC, Rain Dogs tells the story of a “dysfunctional family on the fringes of society, attempting to go straight in a crooked world”.

That dysfunctional family is made up of four key members: 

  • Costello Jones, a writer and single mother with a rock and roll swagger
  • Selby, a privileged gay man educated on Brett Easton Ellis and Goddard
  • Iris, Costello’s 10-year-old daughter (who is, essentially, a pint-sized hustler)
  • Gloria, Iris’s chaotic, directionless and utterly glorious godmother

Set against the brutal lonely landscape of austerity Britain, the BBC promises that Rain Dogs will spin a “wild and punky tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, of deep-rooted and passionate friendships, and of brilliance thwarted by poverty and prejudice.” 

We’re in!

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A day in the life of Cash Carraway, the author of Skint Estate

Who stars in Rain Dogs?

First announced in 2021 with the working title Cash Carraway, the eight-episode series stars  Cooper (This Country, Am I Being Unreasonable, Witchfinder) as Costello Jones; Jack Farthing (Spencer, The Lost Daughter, Chloe) as Selby; Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo (Alex Rider, Chevalier, Doctor Who) as Gloria Duke; and Fleur Tashjian in her debut role as Iris Jones.” 

As per the BBC: “They are our four glorious Rain Dogs; a makeshift swaggerous family fed on defiance and chaos, and a deep but complicated love.”

Cash Carraway has penned the upcoming BBC drama Rain Dogs

Who is making Rain Dogs?

The BBC also shared details about the characters in the series, which has just begun filming in Bristol and is co-produced by Sid Gentle Films, the production company behind Killing Eve and The Durrells.

What are people saying about Rain Dogs?#

“We are so delighted to be working with the extraordinarily talented Cash on this highly original tale of friendship, love and creativity,” said executive producer of Sid Gentle Films, Sally Woodward Gentle. 

“It’s thrilling to be working with Daisy, Jack, Ronkẹ and Fleur. Our four remarkable Rain Dogs.”

Daisy May Cooper stars in the upcoming BBC drama Rain Dogs

“We’re incredibly excited to be starting production on Rain Dogs, with our fabulous cast and our partners HBO, and we can’t wait for Cash’s bold and unique voice to arrive on screen,” added commissioning editor of BBC drama, Jo McClellan.

And Amy Gravitt, executive vice president of HBO Programming, said: “Along with the BBC and Sid Gentle Films, we are thrilled to be collaborating with Cash Carraway, Daisy May Cooper and everyone involved in this series about intense friendship, intense circumstances, and the intense love of a mother for her daughter.”

Jack Farthing stars as Selby in the upcoming BBC drama Rain Dogs

When will Rain Dogs be available to watch on the BBC?

Production is still ongoing for Rain Dogs, which means that a release date for the series is yet to be announced.

We will be sure to update this piece as more details emerge. 

Images: BBC; Gemma Day; Getty

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