EXCLUSIVE: ITV’s upcoming two-part drama Lucan has added a pair of actors to its cast. I’ve learned that Alistair Petrie (Sherlock) and Michael Gould (The Bletchley Circle) have been cast in the two-parter, which is currently in production in London.
According to my sources, Petrie has been cast as Sir James Goldsmith, a billionaire tycoon who was a member of the Clermont set; while Gould has been cast as Detective Super-Intendant Roy Ranson, the Scotland Yard detective who headed up the investigation into the death of Rivett and the subsequent search for Lord Lucan following his disappearance.
Based on the book The Gamblers and penned by ITV Studios’ Jeff Pope, Lucan tells the story of Lucan’s exploits as a member of the infamous Clermont set and will focus on the collapse of his marriage to Veronica, the Countess of Lucan. With his marriage disintegrating, Lucan became obsessed with regaining custody of his children. Ultimately the drama will reveal what happened on that fateful night in November 1974 when his children’s nanny, Sandra Rivett, was cruelly bludgeoned to death in the basement of the family’s home in London’s Lower Belgrave Street as she made her way to the kitchen to make a cup of tea. The two-parter is being produced by ITV Studios & GroupM Entertainment and stars Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter). Angus Wright (Murder On The Home Front) and Julian Firth (Secret State) have also landed roles on the drama.