The BBC has announced a new drama called Dope Girls and filming has started for the six-part series.

Multi-award-winning writer Polly Stenham (That Face, Julie, Neon Demon) is the creator and writer behind Dope Girls alongside Alex Warren (Eleanor).

The new BBC series is inspired by a forgotten time in history when, after the losses of World War One, the streets of Soho were home to female gangs running the clubs, drugs and moonshine.

Julianne Nicholson (Mare of Easttown) stars as Kate Galloway, a single mother who establishes a nightclub amidst the hedonistic uproar of post-World War One London, embracing a life of criminal activities with the dedicated aim of providing for her daughter Evie, played by Eilidh Fisher (The Power).

Executive producer Jane Tranter says: “Dope Girls is quintessentially Bad Wolf. A viscerally thrilling drama that rides through the underbelly of organised crime in the early 20th Century with a uniquely female point of view. Polly and Alex’s visionary fictional take on Soho is as audacious as the world it portrays.”

Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, says: “We can’t wait for viewers to discover the bold and brilliant Dope Girls. Packed full of complex and electrifying characters from a fascinating time in Britain’s history, this will be must-see, ambitious drama.”

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Dope Girls full cast list

  • Kate Galloway: Julianne Nicholson
  • Evie: Eilidh Fisher
  • Violet Davies: Eliza Scanlen
  • Billie Cassidy: Umi Myers
  • Isabella: Geraldine James
  • Luca Salucci: Rory Fleck Bryne
  • Damaso Salucci: Dustin Demri-Burns
  • Matteo Rossi Salucci: Eben Figueiredo
  • Silvio Salucci: Sebastian Croft
  •  Eddie Cobb: Michael Duke
  • Sgt Frank Turner: Ian Bonar
  • Sarah Fisher: Laura Checkley
  • Frederick Asquith-Gore: Will Keen
  • Sophie Asquith-Gore: Fiona Button
  • Jimmy Conville: Harry Cadby
  • Silas Huxley: Nabhaan Rizwan
  • Lily Lee: Priya Kansara
  • Reggie Regbo: Jordan Kouamé

The release date for Dope Girls has not yet been revealed but it will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.