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'The Confessions of Frannie Langton' — everything you need to know about the period drama

Karla-Simone Spence
Karla-Simone Spence leads the cast as Frannie. (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Confessions of Frannie Langton is a new four-part series that follows a young protagonist born into a life of slavery who is fighting to tell her own story. We see Frannie Langton move from a Jamaican plantation to a Mayfair mansion owned by celebrated scientist George Benham and his wife Madame Marguerite Benham, but Frannie has been sent there to serve the household as a maid, much to her chagrin. 

When a terrible crime is committed, the blame is placed on Frannie, with the series following her as she fights for justice. The gripping new period drama is coming to ITV soon, and is adapted for the screen by the original author, Sara Collins who won the Costa first novel award in 2019.

Commenting on the series, Sara Collins said: "For so long I've wondered why we never see period dramas featuring black protagonists that also happen to be 'whodunnits', love stories or juicy, addictive dramas, rather than stories of victimhood. It's an absolute dream come true to be collaborating with Drama Republic and ITV on adapting Frannie for television, even more meaningful because I hope it will be all of those things, and because I know how powerful it is to see yourself represented on-screen in fresh stories that stamp all over stale old stereotypes."

Here's everything we know about the series so far...

The Confessions of Frannie Langton release date

A release date for this series hasn't been announced yet, but we'll let you know when that changes.

What is the plot of The Confessions of Frannie Langton? 

In the four-part series, we follow Frannie’s journey from a Jamaican plantation to the grand Mayfair mansion of celebrated scientist George Benham and his wife, Madame Marguerite Benham.

Frannie finds herself 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. But things soon take an even darker turn, as the Benhams are found murdered.

With a shocked Frannie lying next to Marguerite, she is accused of murder. After being dragged away to prison, Frannie attempts to piece together the events of that fateful night.

Speaking about the plot, TV Drama Commissioner Chloe Tucker said: "We are delighted that Sara is adapting her fantastic novel for ITV. Frannie is a character who immediately gets under your skin, and via a twisting and turning whodunnit Sara explores our history with slavery in the UK. The Confessions of Frannie Langton is an exciting and compelling drama that will hook and surprise the audience, and I'm also pleased to be working with Drama Republic on their first show for ITV."

'The Confessions of Frannie Langton' cast

So far the cast has been confirmed as Karla-Simone Spence (Blue Story) as Frannie Langton, Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as Madame Marguerite Benham, Stephen Campbell Moore (War of The Worlds) as George Benham, completing the main trio.

Also in the cast list are Steven MacIntosh (Rocketman) as John Langton and Henry Pettigrew (The Danish Girl) as William Pettigrew, and and Patrick Martins (Redemption) as Laddie Lightning.

Is there a trailer?

This series has just started filming but we'll let you know if a trailer is released.

Lucy Buglass

Lucy is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.


She is also a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema, setting up her own website Lucy Goes to Hollywood in 2017 to review films in her spare time. Her favourite genres are horror, thriller and anything crime related. When she's not writing about film and TV, you'll likely find her playing video games, reading, and trying her hand at podcasting.