EXCLUSIVE: BBC One’s three-part adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier nover Jamaica Inn has added another actress to its already large cast. Rhiannon Oliver (Torchwood) has joined the cast of the drama which is currently in production in Cornwall, Yorkshire and Cumbria Based on the classic Daphne du Maurier novel of the same name, Jamaica Inn is a three-part drama set in 1820 against the foreboding backdrop of windswept Cornish moors which follows the young Mary Yellan as she becomes entangled in a dangerous criminal world ridden with smuggling and murder, testing her resolve and morality to the very core. The adaptation was penned by Emma Frost (The White Queen). The drama is being produced by Origin Pictures and stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Matthew McNulty (The Paradise), Sean Harris (The Borgias), Ben Daniels (House of Cards), Joanne Whalley (The Borgias), Shirley Henderson (The Crimson Petal and The White) and Charles Furness (The Whale). Call The Midwife helmer Philipa Lowthorpe is attached to direct.
Meanwhile, ITV’s upcoming drama Prey has also added another actor to its cast. I’ve learned that Struan Rodger (Law & Order: UK) has joined the cast of the three-parter from television newcomer Chris Lunt which just entered production in Manchester. Created by Lunt, Prey tells the story of a man on the run, desperate to clear his name for the sake of his family. When Detective Constable Marcus Farrow, a well-liked copper with a wife and two kids, is found at the scene of a brutal crime his world starts to collapse. Arrested and charged, it seems Farrow’s fate is sealed. So when he gets the opportunity to escape, he seizes it with both hands. Now Farrow is on the run in Manchester. Detective Sergeant Susan Reinhardt is tasked with catching him, and so begins a high-stakes game of cat and mouse across the city. But Farrow is not just trying to evade capture. He is determined to find the truth – to get to the bottom of the crime of which he stands accused, and clear his name in the eyes of his family. As a wanted killer, Farrow has few allies. The only people he can turn to are his best friend DC Sean Devlin, and colleague DI Andrea Mackenzie, but with Reinhardt breathing down his neck, Farrow knows he must be careful. With the clock ticking, will Farrow evade capture long enough to find the truth, or will Reinhardt get to him first? The drama is being produced by Red Production Company and stars John Simm (Mad Dogs), Rosie Cavaliero (Cabbage & Pat), Craig Parkinson (The Mill), Adrian Edmondson (Bottom), Heather Peace (Lip Service), Charlie Concannon (Moving On), Anastasia Hille (Snow White And The Huntsman) and Ezra Dent-Watson. Nick Murphy is directing.