16 December 2019 22:33
ITV have a new drama on their hands in the form of Sticks and Stones. While the BBC have been bossing it on the drama front in recent weeks with the likes of His Dark Materials proving to be essential Sunday-night viewing, ITV are surely about to pull back some ground with their new series Sticks and Stones. The new series comes after a year of impressive drama series from ITV, including the likes of A Confession, Wild Bill and Deep Water. And while each series has based itself firmly in reality, Sticks and Stones could hit much closer to home than its ITV counterparts, especially for anyone who's used to bitter office politics. But just what is Sticks and Stones about and where is the new ITV drama filmed?
ON TV THIS CHRISTMAS: Your complete guide to Christmas films on TV this year Sticks and Stones tells the story of a group of office-based salesmen who have been tasked with giving a crucial presentation to the head honchos of the company. However, when one of them chokes and ends up fainting while pitching, his team of co-workers slowly and snidely start to turn on him. With each masked insult, Thomas Benson takes another small step towards breaking point. Where was Sticks and Stones filmed? The main setting for Sticks and Stones is an office block and it's surprisingly pleasing to know that the production went out and found a disused office block for filming.
Rather than basing itself in a studio, Sticks and Stones was, in fact, filmed at a disused office block in the Hampshire town of Hook during September 2018. Hampshire, as it happens provided another filming location for Sticks and Stones as a residential house in the town of Aldershot also provided the location of Thomas Benson's family home. Meanwhile, the Surrey town of Ripley also played host to Sticks and Stones during filming as a car chase scene rushed through in October 2018. When to watch Sticks and Stones begins on Monday, December 16th at 9pm on ITV. The series is three episodes long in total with the second and third episodes scheduled to arrive on December 17th and 18th respectively. Sticks and Stones cast: who stars with Ken Nwosu in the ITV drama, and what time the series starts tonight The corrosive effects of workplace bullying will be explored in this three part drama written by Doctor Foster creator Mike Bartlett By Deepika Rajani Monday, 16th December 2019, 5:38 pm Updated Monday, 16th December 2019, 5:41 pm ITV's new drama Sticks and Stones will explore the effects of workplace bullying (Photo: ITV) From the writer of Doctor Foster and Trauma comes a new three part ITV drama called Sticks and Stones. Focusing on the corrosive effects of workplace bullying, viewers will be introduced to Thomas Benson, a hard working father and husband, who begins to feel undermined and under attack in the aftermath of a pitch that goes terribly wrong and leads the company potentially losing a large contract. With the office laying blame at Thomas' door, the show blends dark humour with intense drama as the character starts to feel out of control when his colleagues turn against him. Sign up to our newsletter i's TV newsletter: what you should watch next Thanks for signing up! Sorry, there seem to be some issues. Please try again later. Submitting... Teasing viewers about what to expect from the new drama, actor Ken Nwosu, who plays the role of Thomas, told Bradford Zone: "Audiences can expect intensity. And oddly, they can expect a laugh as well. "I imagine they will feel very strongly about the story due to how unfortunately relatable bullying is to a lot of us, if not all of us... The audience will definitely come away feeling deeply connected and affected by what they have just watched," he added. Here's all you need to know about Sticks and Stones. The three part drama begins tonight on ITV at 9pm (Photo: ITV) Sticks and Stones airs on ITV at 9pm on Monday 16 December. The remaining two episodes will air consecutively over the next two nights. The episodes will also be available to catch up on and watch on the ITV Hub. What is Sticks and Stones about? Sticks and Stones follows Thomas Benson - a Sales Associate at Clayton Office Solutions. Known for being good at his job and respected by his colleagues, Thomas and the team are given the task to pitch a presentation to Janice Lancing and her team at Murray Technology. But when the presentation goes badly wrong, Thomas panics and faints in front of everyone. As a result, the team lose a potentially large contract and the lucrative bonuses they would have received if they had secured the deal. It's not long before the team appear to lay the blame firmly at Thomas' door and with that, he begins to notice a change in how his colleagues behave towards and around him. Determined to prove himself, Thomas goes to desperate lengths to remain successful, but as he does, he starts to feel undermined, under attack and out of control. Who stars in Sticks and Stones? Ken Nwosu as Thomas Benson Ken Nwosu as Thomas Benson (Photo: ITV) Nwosu plays the role of Thomas, whose work life is turned upside down after a pitch presentation goes horribly wrong. The actor has starred in Christopher Robin, Killing Eve, Catastrophe and The Letter For The King. Ben Miller as Chris Carter Ben Miller as Chris Carter (Photo: ITV) The actor plays the role of Thomas' boss in the brand new ITV drama. Miller is known for his role of DI Richard Poole in Death in Paradise and for playing various characters in The Armstrong and Miller Show. His other acting credits include: Primeval, I Want My Wife Back and Tracey Ullman's Show. Susannah Fielding as Isobel Jones Susannah Fielding as Isobel Jones (Photo: ITV) Fielding plays the role of Thomas' colleague in Sticks and Stones. The C Word, I Want My Wife Back, Black Mirror and This Time with Alan Partridge are just a few of the shows Fielding has appeared in during her career so far. Sean Sagar as Andy Stocks Sean Sagar as Andy Stocks (Photo: ITV) As a junior member of Thomas' team, Sagar's character starts to turn on him after the pitch goes wrong. Sagar has appeared in Top Boy, Trollied, Casualty and Our Girl before landing a role in Sticks and Stones. Ritu Arya as Becky Mills Ritu Arya as Becky Mills (Photo: ITV) Arya plays the role of another junior member of the team whose holiday is in jeopardy when she finds out that she's no longer going to get the bonus. The actress is best known for her roles as Barsha Nambeesan in The Good Karma Hospital and Flash in Humans. Fans of Doctors will also recognise Arya who played the role of Dr. Megan Sharma in the daytime soap. Alexandra Roach as Jess Benson Alexandra Roach as Jess Benson (Photo: ITV) Roach will be seen playing the role of Thomas' wife Jess. The actress most recently played the role of Diana Parker in Sanditon. Before that, Roach had roles in a number of shows including: No Offence and Utopia. Gwilym Lee as Mark Baxter Gwilym Lee as Mark Baxter (Photo: ITV) Lee plays the role of Thomas' school friend and businessman who could offer Thomas a new opportunity. Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from nechronicle - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email While it is not festive in the slightest, a new drama will launch on ITV this week that looks set to have millions of viewers gripped in the run up to Christmas. A new creation from Mike Bartlett, the man behind Doctor Foster, three part mini-series Sticks & Stones will kick off at 9pm on Monday night. According to ITV Press Centre, "Sticks & Stones centres on the personal and professional life of Thomas Benson, a hard-working father and husband. Reliant on bonuses and winning pitches, Thomas often finds himself leading the team when trying to win new business. When he freezes during a pitch the fall out is monumental. "Determined to win back the client Thomas goes to increasingly desperate lengths to remain successful. But as he does, he begins to feel undermined, under attack and out of control. Has he lost his confidence and just feeling paranoid or is his own team, and maybe the wider world, now out to get him?" As well as smash hit BBC drama Doctor Fosters, Mike is also responsible for Press and ITV drama Trauma. The leading role of Thomas Benson is played by Ken Nwosu, an established theatre actor who has also appeared in Killing Eve. He is joined in the cast by Ben Miller, who as well as appearing on The Armstrong & Miller Show, has appeared in countless TV shows and films Johnny English, Paddington 2 and Death in Paradise.