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20 August 2019, 17:46 | Updated: 20 August 2019, 17:50
Based on Paula Daly’s Windermere novels, the new ITV drama already has fans gripped with its bleak themes – but who composed the soundtrack?
Last week, ITV aired the first episode of its new drama, Deep Water – an adaptation of the Windermere novels by award-winning author, Paula Daly.
Written and produced by Anne Symon, the six-part series tells the story of three women living in the Lake District who are united by the school run, but are struggling to hold their lives together.
From social class and motherhood to the ongoing need to perform to perfection, the show’s gloomy themes demanded a soundtrack to match – but who actually wrote the score?
The music for the opening title credits of Deep Water was composed by electronic musical duo, Pablo Clements and James Griffith, who go by the name TOYDRUM.
The theme features haunting vocals by English singer-songwriter, Beth Orton, who is well known for her ‘folktronica’ sound and has had her music played on American TV shows Charmed and Dawson’s Creek.
Formed in 2011 and based in Brighton, TOYDRUM have collaborated with several popular artists, including Nick Cave and Paolo Nutini. In 2015, they wrote the score for Matthew Cullen’s film, London Fields (2015), which starred Billy Bob Thornton, Johnny Depp and Cara Delevingne.
Clements and Griffith also penned the music for Shane Meadows’ hit TV series, This Is England ‘90, Christopher Smith’s film, Detour, which was shortlisted for a BIFA Award, and Alice Lowe’s movie, Prevenge.
Deep Water stars English actress Anna Friel, who plays the part of Lisa – a chaotic kennel owner. Friel is best known for her roles in Landgirls (1998), Land of the Lost (2009) and Limitless (2011). She was also nominated for a Golden Globe in 2008 for her performance in the American TV series, Pushing Daisies.
Meanwhile, Rosalind Eleazar (Howard’s End; Harlots), plays her wealthy frenemy, with Irish actress Sinead Keenan (Little Boy Blue; Doctor Who) as debt-ridden physiotherapist, Roz.
Joining them in the cast are Faye Marsay, Charlie Carrick, Steven Cree and Alastair Mackenzie.
Deep Water airs on ITV every Wednesday at 9pm, and is available to stream on the ITV Hub.