Irish Sherlock star Andrew Scott is set to head up an all-star cast in a new ITV1 drama miniseries The Town.

BAFTA winning Scott, who won the award for his role as Moriarty in the BBC’s Conan Doyle reboot, will star alongside Julia McKenzie, Charlotte Riley, Gerard Kearns, Kelly Adams and Martin Clunes in this new three-part contemporary drama

The drama, which was penned by Laurence Olivier award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett, follows the story of 30-year-old Mark Nicholas (Scott), who returns to his hometown Renton after 10 years away and he is drawn into the life he left behind.

Julia McKenzie stars as his grandmother Betty, Charlotte Riley plays his first love Alice, who is now married with a child, and Martin Clunes is the alcohol-soaked mayor Len.

"Mike Bartlett is a hugely exciting new talent and I'm delighted that ITV has commissioned his first project for television," said ITV's drama commissioner Laura Mackie.

"His characters are real and instantly engaging and his dialogue is natural and funny even in the darkest of moments."

Co-executive producer Kenton Allen added: "At the heart of The Town will be a family struggling to come to terms with change. It's also our hope to paint a picture of contemporary Britain through the magnifying glass of an ordinary market town.

"The story takes place in a landscape familiar to most of the UK. Most of the population live their lives in a place like Renton."

Filming for The Town has begun.