Leading actress may star in BBC drama about hoax kidnap of Shannon Matthews

Karen Matthews.

Karen Matthews.

A TV drama about the hoax kidnap of Dewsbury schoolgirl Shannon Matthews is in the pipeline.

BBC bosses are in talks with ITV Studios to run a programme about the event which threw Dewsbury Moor’s Moorside Estate into the national spotlight.

Writer Jeff Pope, who was behind hit blockbuster Philomena, suggested award-winning actress Sheridan Smith is set to play the role of Shannon’s mother Karen.


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