Sean Bean UK fans, you're up first to experience the horror & the puzzle that is THE FRANKENSTEIN CHRONICLES! The 6-part series has also been acquired for broadcast by France's Canal Plus network and by US entity A&E Network. Those premiere dates are yet to be announced, please keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest news! https://www.facebook.com/nedstarkatrueking/
The following info is from ITV's Press Centre: http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week46/frankenstein-chronicles
Episode 1 - World without God
London 1827: River Thames at night - a smuggling operation is underway – suddenly, a river police launch is bearing down on the smugglers and a fight breaks out, followed by a furious chase to the shore.
John Marlott (Sean Bean), a senior river police officer and veteran of the Battle of Waterloo, paces the shoreline of the Thames reviewing the aftermath. A sharp police whistle draws his attention towards a small shape lying at the waters edge. As he approaches he sees it is the body of a child, a young girl around 10 years of age. Her body is covered in crude sutures, and is a horrifying sight. He reaches down to touch the dead hand – but in a moment of terror, the hand grabs him back!
The dreadful corpse is brought to the urgent attention of the Home Secretary, Sir Robert Peel (Tom Ward), who summons Marlott, and tells him that he wants him to undertake a private investigation. The leading surgeon at St Bart’s hospital in Smithfield, Sir William Chester (Samuel West), tells Marlott that the corpse was made up of seven or eight bodies stitched together.
Marlott is put to work within the offices of the Bow Street Runners, and recruits an optimistic young runner, Nightingale (Richie Campbell), to assist him. Marlott’s attention is then drawn towards a slum dwelling where criminal Billy Oates (Robbie Gee) masterminds his gang of child criminals. There he discovers a young girl Flora (Eloise Smyth). He also finds a painting on the wall. It is “Little Girl Lost” by the artist William Blake (Steven Berkoff) – Marlott resolves to investigate further.
“An evil that almost defies reason”
Incorporating elements from the investigative and horror genres with an extraordinary hero at its centre, Inspector John Marlott, played by multi-awarding winning leading actor Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Accused), is taken on a terrifying journey in pursuit of a chilling and diabolical foe.
Cast joining Sean Bean includes Anna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle), Charlie Creed-Miles (Ripper Street), Ed Stoppard (Cilla), Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci’s Demons), Hugh O’Conor (Chocolat), Joe Tucker (Bronson), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones), Lalor Roddy (Hunger), Patrick Fitzsymons (Game of Thrones) and Richie Campbell (Waterloo Road). Robbie Gee (Snatch), Ryan Sampson (Plebs), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge), Shaun Mason (Cilla), Steve Wilson (Game of Thrones), Steven Berkoff (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Stuart Graham (The Fall), Tom Ward (Silent Witness) and Vanessa Kirby (About Time) will also star.
Set in Georgian London in 1827, The Frankenstein Chronicles has been created by Emmy nominated director and writer Benjamin Ross (The Young Poisoner’s Handbook, Torte Bluma – both as director) and writer Barry Langford (Torte Bluma).
Can't wait to see THE FRANKENSTEIN CHRONICLES!!
Written by Donna DeBoer (@DRLDeBoer on Twitter)