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Frances Barber

Frances Barber



United Kingdom

Age: 66

Born: 13 May, 1958

Known for

In Medici as Piccardaas Piccarda

in Medici
In The Chelsea Detective as Olivia Arnoldas Olivia Arnold

in The Chelsea Detective
In Whitstable Pearl as Dollyas Dolly

in Whitstable Pearl
In Silk as Caroline Warwickas Caroline Warwick

in Silk

TV Series Starring Frances Barber

DreamlandDreamland
Sky Comedy, 2023 Running | Comedy, Drama | ► Trailer
Rating: 2/5

Dreamland is about secrets, lies, loves and aspirations within a family of four sisters. Set in the sun-drenched British seaside town of Margate, it is a dark comedic exploration of multi-generational female relationships, and their (somewhat dysfunctional) family dynamics. Eldest sister Trish is pregnant for the third time with her partner Spence. And this time, she's decided: it's going to be a girl. Her two sisters Clare and Leila rally around her with their mum and their Margate- legend nan, "manifesting" a little girl at Trish's 'mani-festival'. But when their other sister, Mel, makes an unexpected reappearance back into their lives, her return threatens to destabilise the entire family. A knock on their door and their 'Dreamland' is no more...


The Chelsea DetectiveThe Chelsea Detective
Acorn TV, 2022 Running | Drama, Crime | ► Trailer
Rating: 4.1/5

Detective Inspector Max Arnold lives on a battered houseboat at the end of Cheyne Walk after separating from his art dealer wife Astrid. The son of a local bookshop owner, Max is a far cry from the affluent elite whose crimes he'll help solve along with D.C. Priya Shamsie.


Whitstable PearlWhitstable Pearl
Acorn TV, 2021 On Hiatus | Drama, Crime, Mystery, Thriller | ► Trailer
Rating: 3.8/5

Whitstable Pearl follows Pearl Nolan, a big-hearted local restaurant owner, who sets up a local detective agency. When she discovers the body of close friend, Vinnie, Pearl gets embroiled in her first case.


MediciMedici
RaiUno, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Romance | ► Trailer
Rating: 4.3/5

Florence, 1429. Giovanni de Medici, thanks to a contract stipulated with the Papacy twenty years before, has transformed his family bank into an unprecedented economic force. But then, Giovanni is mysteriously murdered, and his sons, Cosimo and Lorenzo, are forced to face a range of enemies plotting to oust the Medici from power. First in line is Rinaldo Albizzi, head of the faction of nobles, who stands opposed not only to the rise of the middle class, favored by the Medici, but also to Cosimos vision for the city, including his patronage of magnificent works of art and architecture by such great artists as Donatello and Brunelleschi. Also in the Medici family keeping the peace is not an easy task. Lorenzo and Cosimo are nearly opposite in temperament, and Cosimos marriage to Contessina de Bardi formed as a political alliance but then matured into a formidable partnership will be severely strained during his exile in Venice. It is there that Cosimo takes up with Maddalena, a beautiful slave who becomes his mistress and the mother of his illegitimate son. In the meantime, the mystery of who killed Giovanni continues to lurk behind the scenes, and a new arch-enemy appears on the horizon in the person of the rival banker Pazzi. All the while, the onerous guilt of the compromises made and the evil done for the good of the family weighs heavily on Cosimos soul. He must decide how far he is willing to go to preserve his vision of Florence a vision we now know as the Renaissance.


Mapp And LuciaMapp And Lucia
BBC One, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, Comedy | ► Trailer
Rating: 1/5

A series based on the books by E. F. Benson and set in the English countryside of the 1930's. The Mapp and Lucia of the title are two middle aged women who exist in a permanent state of one-upmanship with each other. Always trying to have the last word or to arrange the better garden party. In many ways this is the female version of the equally wonderful Jeeves & Wooster, it is set in the same era and they both follow the adventures of the English gentry.


SilkSilk
BBC One, 2011 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, Crime | ► Trailer
Rating: 3.5/5

From the creator of Criminal Justice comes a new legal drama starring Rupert Penry-Jones and Maxine Peake. Both play barristers hoping to move up in their careers, but only one of them can make it.


The Ice HouseThe Ice House
BBC One, 1997 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The peaceful, secluded, country hideaway of three diverse, lonely, supposedly lesbian, women is suddenly shattered when their gardener discovers a partially decomposed corpse in the old Ice House on their grounds. The ensuing police investigation has the unfortunate repercussion of re-igniting the anger and hatred of the local community levelled against the women which started ten years previously when the husband of one of them mysteriously disappeared without trace.