EXCLUSIVE: BBC One’s upcoming drama Jamaica Inn has added another well known actor to its ranks. I’ve learned that Emmerdale and Scott & Bailey alum Danny Miller has joined the cast of the three-parter. 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.
Also at BBC One, the channel’s 7 part adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell has also added an actor to its cast. According to my sources Brian Pettifer (Rab C. Nesbitt, Field of Blood) has landed a role on the drama. Pettifer has been cast as Mr Honeyfoot, an influential member of The Learned Society of York Magicians. Based on the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell is set during the Napoleonic Wars in an England where magic once existed and is about to return. The series was adapted for television by Peter Harness (who is writing all 7 episodes), with Toby Haynes attached to direct. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is being produced by Cuba Pictures and is being co-produced with BBC America, in association with Feel Film, Far Moor, Screen Yorkshire and Bell Media’s Space. The series stars Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan), Bertie Carvel (Hidden), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures), Marc Warren (Mad Dogs), Samuel West (Fleming), Charlotte Riley (Easy Virtue), Enzo Cilenti (Prisoners Wives) and Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones). The executive producers are Matthew Read, Nick Marston, Justin Thomson-Glover, Patrick Irwin, Tally Garner and Dixie Linder. Toby Haynes is attached to direct
Finally, ITV’s just announced two-part drama Undeniable has also added one to its cast. Sarah Winman (Holby City) has been cast in the drama which is set to enter production later this month on location in Dublin and County Wicklow, Ireland. Created by Chris Lang, Undeniable tells the story of Jane Fielding (Claire Goose), whose mother Anne was murdered in 1991 while they were on a picnic in Long Mynd, Shropshire. Jane, only 7 years old at the time, witnessed the crime from a distance seeing a man crouched over Anne’s lifeless body holding a rock in his bloodied hand. Now, 23 years later, Jane has her own family, a loving husband named Rob (Felix Scott) and her own daughter, but the events of that day still haunt her. Then it happens…on a routine trip to hospital Jane locks eyes with a man that could be her mother’s killer. Andrew Bolton (Peter Firth) is a well-respected consultant oncologist and family man, whose daughter Emma (Christina Bottomley) believes he is innocent. His impeccable demeanor makes him an unlikely suspect and having wrongly identified others in the past, Jane’s family and the Police’s Chief Investigating Officer Alison Hall (Pippa Haywood) worry this is yet another false claim and fear she is emotionally crumbling in front of their eyes. However, Jane remains defiant. In her heart she believes she’s found the man who killed her mother decades earlier. Can she finally learn the truth about who killed her mother, and why? The drama is produced by TXTV with Jeremy Gwilt serving as the producer/executive producer and John Strickland on-board to direct.