The Lake District is the brooding attraction of ITV's compelling new drama Deep Water, which celebrates the popular tourist region with stunning aerial shots of green and copper landscapes, close-ups of glistening lakes, and misty mountainous horizons.
The six-part series, which is adapted by Anna Symon from Paula Daly's critically-acclaimed Windermere series of novels, follows the fast-paced lives of three women in Lake Windermere - Anna Friel's frenetic business owner Lisa, Sinead Keenan's downtrodden physiotherapist Roz, and Rosalind Eleazar's seemingly perfect Kate.
But behind Cumbria's breathtaking scenery – and its romantic associations to William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter – the three women's secrets threaten to spill over, which makes for gripping and atmospheric viewing.
Despite the drizzle and soggy weather (it was filmed at the end of last year), its lingering shots of sprawling woodland and glittering water (which was so cold, it takes your breath away, according to Rosalind Eleazar) Deep Water will most likely inspire autumn and winter getaways to Lake Windermere, while Lisa's farmhouse and Kate's palatial property overlooking the lake might also trigger some major home envy too.
Kerry Powell, the Lake District National Park Authority's Director of Communications and Resources told us: "We're very much looking forward to ITV's Deep Water, which was filmed at various locations throughout the Lake District.
"The strong female cast will undoubtedly bring Paula Daly's characters to life, but we're sure the real star of the show will be the stunning Lake District scenery. We can't wait to see it."
It's idyllic setting and female-led focus is why the series has been compared to HBO's Big Little Lies, which followed the infamous Monterey five – played by Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Kravitz, Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley – as they harboured deep, dark secrets to the backdrop of their stunning Californian coastal city.
Deep Water features its central characters enduring cathartic jogs by the lake, confiding in each at cafes by the picturesque waterside, and bonding with other parents at the school gates.
Writer Symon addressed the similarities, telling Country Living UK and others at a recent screening of episode one:"The Liane Moriarty [BLL] book I think was released more of less the same year [it was released in 2014] and the Paula Daly book that this series was adapted from was released .
"I guess it like what's going in these development minds where I think there is such a thing of zeitgeist. People are starting to say, 'we want to hear female stories, we want to hear about truthful stories about women with an exciting plot'. When I saw BLL I thought, 'wow we've got the school gates' which has resonance with the series."
Deep Water has also been announced as the first ITV drama which will be available to stream in its entirety on ITV Hub after the first episode is aired.
Deep Water airs on ITV on August 14 at 9pm.
If the series inspires you to visit to visit the Lake District have a look on www.lakedistrict.gov.uk for lots of hints and tips.
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