Sheridan Smith cast as real-life mother Ann Ming in 'heartbreaking' drama I Fought The Law

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2 May 2024, 08:44

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Sheridan Smith has been cast in the lead role for a new “heartbreaking” new ITV drama based on a true story.

I Fought The Law will see Smith star as courageous mother Ann Ming, who fought for 15 years against the Double Jeopardy Law in an attempt to see her daughter’s murderer brought to justice.

The four part series will follow the story of how Ann battled for years for her daughter after her murderer was controversially acquitted following two mistrials, taking on the Criminal Justice System, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Law Commission, eminent defence barristers, the Government, the Lord Chancellor, the Attorney General, and two Home Secretaries in her fight.

Smith said she is “honoured” to play the role in a statement released today (2nd May) which announced her casting in the programme. “[Ming] is a truly courageous and remarkable woman to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude,” she said.

I Fought The Law has been adapted by Grantchester screenwriter Jamie Crichton from Ann Ming’s own book, For the Love of Justice, and the project is being developed with Ming acting as a consultant on the series.

“I am very pleased that Hera Pictures will tell the story of my campaign to overturn the Double Jeopardy Law,” the tireless campaigner shared “My daughter’s killer was wrongfully acquitted, and a number of years later confessed to her murder, for which he could only be prosecuted for perjury due to the 800-year-old Double Jeopardy Law. I wasn’t going to let this stand in my way of getting justice for Julie.

“I’m overwhelmed that Sheridan Smith will be playing me,” she also added. “Having such an iconic and talented actress portray me is truly wonderful.”

Screenwriter Crichton shared: ““As soon as I heard Ann's story, of her iron resolve and unbelievable courage to see justice done in the face of adversity, I knew this was one that had to be told. 

“Ann is a shining beacon of what can be achieved if you stop at nothing to make your voice heard. In an age when it’s all too easy to feel helpless, we need more Ann Mings in the world.”

I Fought The Law will air on ITV1 and ITVX in the future.