Late last year we learned that ITV is working on a series titled “The Frankenstein Chronicles,” which will air on its subscription channel, ITV Encore. On tap for you today are some more details about the show so we encourage interested parties to read on!
Per Screen Daily, “The Frankenstein Chronicles” is currently in production in Northern Ireland, where it has received funding from Northern Ireland Screen, and Endemol Shine International will be selling the six-part series at MipTV in Cannes next month.
“We were taken by the originality of this project,” said Rainmark managing director Tracey Scoffield. “It’s a mash-up of a genre detective thriller and a horror brand. As it is set at the same time that Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein was written, and with Mary Shelley being a character in the series, it feels very real.”
Sean Bean leads the cast. He plays a fearless detective on the hunt for a crazed killer through the dark recesses of Regency London.
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”), Richie Campbell (“Inspector 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) 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).
Set in 1827 London, the drama begins when Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel recruits Inspector John Marlott (Bean) 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.