ITV has set a large ensemble to join Sean Bean in six-part period crime drama The Frankenstein Chronicles. Rainmark Films is producing the “thrilling and terrifying” re-imagining of the Frankenstein myth that blends the investigation and horror genres. Bean plays Inspector John Marlott who is on a terrifying journey in pursuit of a chilling and diabolical foe.
Joining Bean are Anna Maxwell Martin (Philomena, The Bletchley Circle), Charlie Creed-Miles (Peaky Blinders), Ed Stoppard (The Musketeers), Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci’s Demons), Hugh O’Conor (Killing Bono), Joe Tucker (Bronson), Kate Dickie (Game Of Thrones), Lalor Roddy (Hunger), Patrick Fitzsymons (Game Of Thrones) and Richie Campbell (Lewis). Robbie Gee (Young Dracula), Ryan Sampson (Doctor Who), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge), Shaun Mason (Cilla), Steve Wilson (Ripper Street), Steven Berkoff (Witches Of East End), Stuart Graham (The Fall), Tom Ward (Death Comes To Pemberley) and Vanessa Kirby (Everest) will also star.
The series hails from Emmy-nominated director and writer Benjamin Ross (RKO 281, The Young Poisoner’s Handbook) and writer Barry Langford (Torte Bluma). It will air on ITV’s subscription channel ITV Encore, the first original drama for the pay outlet since it launched in 2014. Shooting starts in Northern Ireland on January 26.
Set in 1827 London, the drama begins when Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel recruits Marlott after a successful operation to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers. When Marlott makes the shocking discovery of a corpse that’s actually a crude assembly of body parts arranged in a grotesque parody of a human form, he is tasked by Peel with tracking the perpetrator. As he investigates, Marlott discovers that what he’s dealing with is more horrific than he could possibly have imagined.
David Tanner is producing for Rainmark and Carol Moorhead. Exec producers are Rainmark’s Tracey Scoffield and Frank Doelger. Co-creator Benjamin Ross is directing. Endemol has international sales outside UK/Ireland.