Actress Samantha Morton will make her directorial debut on a Channel 4 television drama, The Unloved.

The drama is a Channel 4 production with co-finance from regional screen agency EM Media through the European Regional Development Fund.

The story is about a young girl growing up in a children's home.

Morton plans to shoot The Unloved in her home town of Nottingham in autumn 2008 with casting ongoing. Channel 4 is planning a 2004 airing.

Morton worked with Tony Grisoni on the script.

Morton said: 'I am thrilled to be making my first film with Channel 4, who have constantly pushed boundaries and enabled people like me to have a voice. I hope this film can help make a difference to the young people that see it.'