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Gold Digger cast: who stars with Julia Ormond in the new series – and when it starts on BBC One tonight An age-gap drama described as a 'domestic noir' starts on the BBC in November By Laura Martin Tuesday, 12th November 2019, 3:33 pm Updated Tuesday, 12th November 2019, 3:35 pm Gold Digger explores the fall out of a woman dating a man half her age (Photo: BBC) The word "cougar" and "toyboy" are thrown about whenever an older woman dates a younger man. But now a new BBC drama will look at the fall-out between a family when the mother starts dating a man half her age. 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... The series is called Gold Digger - here's your need-to-know about the show: Gold Digger starts on BBC One on Tuesday 12 November at 9pm. There are six episodes in the series. What's the big idea? The series is described as a "domestic noir" and according to the BBC, it's about a woman falling in love with a much younger man and "the affect it has on her already damaged family".
Their romance changes everything. Whilst Julia revels in her second chance, her children and ex-husband are suspicious of her new lover, certain he has an ulterior motive. Ormond, who is best known for her film roles, including Sabrina and Legends Of The Fall, as well as her TV work including Mad Men and Howards End. This is her British television debut. Benjamin Greene (Ben Barnes) Ben Greene (Ben Barnes) (Photo: BBC) Who is Benjamin? He's thirty-something copywriter "with a shrouded past". Barnes is best known for his role as Prince Caspian in The Chronicles Of Narnia franchise, and more recently in Westworld and Netflix's Marvel series The Punisher. Patrick (Sebastian Armesto) Patrick Day (Sebastian Armesto) (Photo: BBC) Who is Patrick? Patrick is Julia's high-achieving eldest son, who is "always trying to be a good man". He has appeared in Poldark and Broadchurch. Della (Jemima Rooper) Della Day (Jemima Rooper) (Photo: BBC) Who is Della? Della is the middle child whose finger is permanently on the self-destruct button. She has starred in Lost In Austen, Trauma and Channel 4 teen drama As If. Leo (Archie Renaux) Leo Day (Archie Renaux) (Photo: BBC) Who is Leo? He is the "baby" of the family who still lives with his mother and idolises his father. What has the actor been in before? A relative newcomer, Renaux has previously played a part in Hanna. Also starring are Alex Jennings (Unforgotten, The Crown) as Julia's ex-husband Ted, Nikki Amuka-Bird (Hard Sun) as Julia's former best friend Marsha, and Julia McKenzie (Agatha Christie's Marple) as Ted's mother, Hazel. What does the writer say about the show? Dickens says: "We are so used to seeing older men with younger women in film and television, and indeed in politics and real life, it's barely commented on, however yawning the age gap. Yet flip the genders and suddenly it's a discussion point. As if it's impossible to understand why a younger man might be attracted to an older woman without having some other motive. Filming for Gold Digger got underway way back in 2018 and now the drama is finally coming to screens thanks to BBC One. While the performances from Westworld star Ben Barnes and Emmy-nominee Julia Ormond will catch the eye, fans will also undoubtedly be left wondering where the series was filmed thanks to its switch from the hustle and bustle of city life to the tranquillity of the countryside. Here's all there is to know about the locations for the drama. The Punisher season 2 Jigsaw: Who is Jigsaw? What does he want? Where is Gold Digger on BBC filmed? Over the course of six episodes, Gold Digger will transport viewers from the bright lights of London to the quaint surroundings of Devonshire. Fans first meet the show's main character Julia (played by Julia Ormond) in the UK capital. After being stood up by her three children at her own birthday celebrations, Julia ends up taking a stroll through the recognisable streets of the city. It's in London where she meets the character of Benjamin (Ben Barnes) for the very first time. READ MORE: Gold Digger BBC air date, cast, trailer, plot: When does series air? Just when you thought the BBC were done with providing quality autumn entertainment, they've only gone and scheduled another stellar drama. Starring Ben Barnes and Julia Ormond, this miniseries focuses on a relationship that has quite a hefty age gap between its two main characters, Julia and Benjamin. It's also set in London and Devon, so there will be plenty of places to visit once you've become hooked. But where was Gold Digger filmed? Shot on location, Gold Digger utilises what both London and Devon have to offer in terms of realistic sets and landscapes. As iNews notes, fans of Ben Barnes spotted a scene for the show being filmed in Widecombe. The village is in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, and Barnes and Ormond can be seen walking together down a street next to the Church House. According to The National Trust, it was built in around 1540 and is "the finest example of a church house in Devon, if not in the whole country." It was where parishes would brew ales and liquor for events. The extensive heathland of Dartmoor can also be seen in the trailer, which you can marvel at by hiking on marked trails or by driving across the moors. Filming also put the actors in some pretty precarious situations, as Ormond explained to Irish News, including a "promontory with cliffs dropping on either side." BBC/Mainstreet Pictures/Des Willie Ormon and Barnes also went on "little dates" during filming to strengthen the relationship between their characters. "We instantly had a great connection," he told the Daily Mail. "We spent time on little dates going to English country pubs and catching about the world and the story." In terms of where it was shot in London, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of info on specific locations. Although, Ormond also mentioned to the Irish Times that the museum Julia initially meets Benjamin was the British Museum, so Bloomsbury may have been one of the main spots for filming. "A portion of the story also occurs in London and so there's a section of it that we got to shoot in extraordinary places," the actor said. "We had an amazing day at the British Museum where we turned up early and no-one else was there — it was definitely one of those rather jammy moments you have as an actor." Gold Digger starts on Tuesday (Nov. 12) at 9 p.m. on BBC One.