EXCLUSIVE: BBC One’s 7 part drama series Jontahan Strange And Mr Norrell – which is a co-production with BBC America and Canadian broadcaster Space – has added another actor to its cast. I’ve learned that Robert Hands (Love & Marriage, Doctor Who) has been cast in the drama. 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.
Over at ITV, Diana Kent (Whitechapel) has joined the cast of the just ordered two-part drama Undeniable, which is being produced 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.