"Gold Digger is… a long-overdue conversation starter about the expectations we place on women and how we can collectively re-train ourselves to ditch them. Of course, taboos are hard to banish, but story telling like this is an important step in the right direction." – Good Housekeeping
TORONTO (November 11, 2019) – Mother first, wife second, woman last. Neo-noir drama series GOLD DIGGER starring Emmy® Award-winner Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin) makes its Canadian debut on Sunday Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. ET exclusively on CTV Drama Channel. The six-episode, one-hour series uncovers the gripping story of an older woman’s relationship with a much younger man and the impact of their coupling on her already fractured family.
Written and created by Marnie Dickens (RIPPER STREET), GOLD DIGGER features Ormond as Julia Day, a wife and mother who has spent her whole life putting the needs of others before herself. But now, as a 60-year old woman, she falls in love with Benjamin Greene (Ben Barnes, WESTWORLD) a man 25 years her junior with a shrouded past. Julia may have finally found the happiness she’s always deserved, but Benjamin, as suspected by her family, might be more attracted to her money.
“GOLD DIGGER is premium Sunday night fare joining the esteemed ranks of CTV Drama Channel’s blockbuster female led series like KILLING EVE and THE HANDMAID’S TALE,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. “Presenting a contemporary twist on the classic May-December romance, the story of this unconventional couple is a sexy thriller, as well as an explosive family drama that will add an exciting dose of intrigue to our existing rooster of stylish modern dramas.”
In the premiere episode “Her Boy” (Sunday Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. ET), Julia Day wakes up on her 60th birthday alone for the first time in the 35 years after her divorce from Ted (Alex Jennings, THE CROWN). Determined to have a good day, she leaves her Devon home and heads to London to celebrate with her children - but one by one they let her down; Leo (Archie Renaux, HANNA), her youngest, simply because he forgets. Della (Jemima Rooper, LOST IN AUSTEN), her only daughter, marooned abroad and guilt-stricken, and her firstborn Patrick (Sebastian Armesto, BROADCHURCH) who is struggling to maintain a hectic work and home life. Feeling adrift, Julia’s at a low when she happens upon a young man in a museum, Benjamin. The pair quickly begins dating and a whirlwind romance ensues. When Julie introduces him to her grown-up children, they question if Benjamin’s intentions are financially motivated.