EXCLUSIVE: BBC One’s fantasy series Atlantis has added a further two guest stars for its 13 episode first season. Both Aiysha Hart (The Pursuit) and Karl Johnson have landed roles on the series. Hart has been cast as Ariadne, while Johnson has been cast as Itheus. Created by Howard Overman (Misfits), Atlantis is set in the city of Atlantis: a mysterious ancient place; a world of bull leaping, of snake haired goddesses and of palaces so vast it was said they were built by giants. It’s into this strange, compelling realm that the young Jason arrives and an amazing adventure begins, bringing to life the vast store of Greek myths and legends. The series is being produced by Little Monster Films & BBC Cymru Wales and stars Mark Addy (Game of Thrones), Juliet Stevenson (White Heat), Sarah Parish (Mistresses), Jemima Rooper (Lost In Austen), Aiysha Hart (Honour), Jack Donnelly (Dancing On The Edge) and Robert Emms (War Horse). Justin Molotnikov (Merlin) and Alice Troughton (Merlin) are directing.
Over at ITV, the channels 1960s medical drama series Breathless has booked a new guest star for its 6 episode first season. According to my sources, newcomer Jessica Madsen has landed a role on the drama as a patient of the gynaecology unit which is at the heart of the series. Madsen’s casting comes after TVWise previously broke the news that Cathy Sara (The Crash) has been cast in the series in a recurring role. Created by Paul Unwin and Peter Grimsdale, Breathless is set in 1961, at a time when Britain was on the brink of the ‘60s revolution – abortion is illegal and the contraceptive pill is only just available to married women. Set in and around a busy Gynaecology unit in an NHS hospital, the drama series follows the lives of a group of doctors and nurses. Seemingly the normal workplace, under this veneer simmers a cauldron of lies, deceptions and guilty secrets, driven by love, ambition and sex. The series revolves around Otto Powell, a brilliant and charismatic surgeon, who passionately believes he can make a difference to women’s lives, even if that means risking imprisonment under the abortion laws of 1961. The drama series is being produced by ITV Studios and stars Jack Davenport (Smash), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Shaun Dingwall (Above Suspicion), Natasha Little (Kidnap and Ransom), Oliver Chris (Green Wing), Zoe Boyle (Sons of Anarchy), Joanna Page (The Syndicate), Catherine Steadman (The Tudors), Sarah Parish (Hatfields & McCoys), Ronny Jhutti (Vexed) and Pippa Haywood (Mr Selfridge).
Sky1’s firefighter drama series The Smoke has also found three guest stars for its 8 episode first season. Amit Shah (Bluestone 42), Sarah Hoare (Pramface) and Madeline Duggan (Silent Witness) have all landed guest roles on the series, which is currently in production in London. Created by Lucy Kirkwood, The Smoke follows a family of firemen and women who, no matter what, always have each other to fall back on. But being a hero isn’t easy, especially in a world that regularly disregards them, and it certainly doesn’t pay. Many crew members are forced to hold down other jobs on the side, taking some of them into the city’s after dark world. The stakes are high but, in The Smoke, it’s the very lives and souls of the White Watch crew that are at risk. Kudos Film & TV is producing the series which stars Jamie Bamber, Rhashan Stone, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Jodie Whitaker, Gerard Kearns and Taron Egerton, Mike Barker is directing.