Will Mellor stars in ‘Mr Bates vs the Post Office’

Will Mellor stars in ‘Mr Bates vs the Post Office’


Will Mellor stars in brand new ITV drama Mr Bates vs the Post Office 

Mr Bates vs the Post Office tells the staggering true story of hundreds of subpostmasters and mistresses working up and down the UK who were falsely accused of theft, freud and false accounting by their employer following an IT malfunction.

“Many of the wronged workers were prosecuted, some were imprisoned for crimes they never committed and their lives were irreparably damaged by the scandal,” said ITV.

Will Mellor plays Lee Castleton, a former subpostmaster from Bridlington, Yorkshire, who was forced to declare himself bankrupt after he was ordered to pay the Post Office more than £300,000 following a court hearing – a figure that had shot up from the initial £20,000 he was accused of stealing, and also included the organisation’s legal bill.

“It’s unbelievable,” Mellor told the Radio Times. “Like I said, if it wasn’t a true story you’d say it’s a bit far-fetched. [Happening] not only to one person but to probably thousands.

“We have 555 [in the drama]. That’s what they called those who came together and built up a case. And every one of them was told that they were on their own, that this hadn’t happened to anybody else. They tried to make them feel isolated so they didn’t feel they had anyone to turn to, that this was just them, which is even worse.”

Mr Bates vs The Post Office is released on ITV on January 1st 2024

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