Hope Springs for BBC

Despite having only just left her scrubs in the ER locker room for the last time Alex Kingston, who played Doctor Elizabeth Corday on the show, has already taken on another role for BBC One's new show Hope Springs.

The eight-part series, which begins this Sunday, sees Kingston's character Ellie lead three female ex-cons on a journey to freedom. Aiming to escape to Barbados with £3 million, which they stole from one of the girls' gangster husbands, the women find themselves in a sleepy Scottish village--broke and alone.

"They must think that the aliens have landed when we turn up," Kingston says in a statement. "That's what I hope comes across anyway.

"And, of course, we as characters think we are on our way to Barbados, so we're all in our bright Caribbean holiday gear and end up standing in the wild windy Scottish moors," the Surrey-born actress continues. "We should definitely look like fish out of water."

Also among the cast is Doctors actress Vinette Robinson, Cutting It's Sian Reeves and Tess of the D'Urbervilles' Christine Bottomley. One Foot in the Grave's Annette Crosbie also stars as gossipy hotelier Sadie, who puts a roof over the girls' head while The Big Impression's Ronni Ancona plays their nemesis Ann Marie.

Filmed on location in Wanlockhead, Scotland, Hope Springs' executive producer Brian Park, who also created Bad Girls and Waterloo Road, says the show: "will take some of the more familiar elements of Scottish drama--the spectacular landscape and locations--but gives it a very modern feel with a comedic undertone."

Hope Springs premieres on BBC One this Sunday, June 6, at 8pm. Will you be watching?

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