“The Confessions of Frannie Langton”
*We caught up with British newcomer Karla-Simone Spence (“Blue Story,” “Wannabe”) to dish on “The Confessions of Frannie Langton,” a four-part drama adapted by author and writer Sara Collins from her debut novel of the same name.
Per the official synopsis: “Set against the dazzling opulence of Georgian London, The Confessions of Frannie Langton, narrates Frannie’s journey from a Jamaican plantation to the grand Mayfair mansion of celebrated scientist George Benham and his exquisitely beautiful wife, Madame Marguerite Benham. In a misguided and monstrous gesture Frannie is gifted to Benham by the man who owns her, John Langton, and she is employed as a maid in the household much to her chagrin.”
Spence leads the cast in the role of Frannie Langton, the drama’s young protagonist born into a life of slavery who is fighting to tell her own story. She is joined by Sophie Cookson (“The Trial of Christine Keeler,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service”) as Madame Marguerite Benham and Patrick Martins (“Redemption,” “Blasts From The Past”) as Olaudah “Laddie” Cambridge in the murder mystery drama.
Collins takes us on this journey of interracial same-sex romance, racism, slavery, white supremacy, conspiracy, secrets, and lies. Whew, chile… there’s a lot to unpack with this rarely-seen tale of Black British period dramas.
Patrick Martins and Karla-Simone Spence attend ITV Palooza! at The Royal Festival Hall on November 23, 2021, in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)
In our exclusive interview with Collins below, she shares the inspiration behind this story while Spence and Martin take us deeper inside their characters and what they’re most excited about viewers experiencing with this series.
“The Confessions of Frannie Langton” series is co-produced by BritBox International and is now streaming on BritBox in the US, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland.