Michael Palin has been cast as the lead in BBC One’s upcoming three-part Remember Me, marking the first time that the veteran actor has headed a BBC drama in more than two decades. Palin is leading a cast which also includes Jodie Comer (My Mad Fat Diary), Mark Addy (Atlantis), Julia Sawalha (Larkrise To Candleford) and Mina Anwar (The Thin Blue Line).
Penned by Gwyneth Hughes, Remember Me is a mystery which tells the story of old Yorkshireman Tom Parfitt who leaves his own home to move into residential care and becomes the sole witness to a violent death. His teenage care assistant Hannah (Jodie Comer) and investigating police detective Rob Fairholme (Mark Addy), try to unravel the riddle of his mysterious history, and are drawn into an eerie and dangerous world of lost love and betrayal. Mammoth Screen is producing with Polly Hill, Gwyneth Hughes, Rebecca Keane and Damien Timmer serving as executive producers. Ashley Pearce is attached to direct.
“This is my first lead role in a TV drama series since G.B.H. It’s also a return to Yorkshire, where I was born, brought up and learnt my acting in amateur dramatics”, said Michael Palin. “I was attracted to Remember Me not only by the northern setting, but also by a good, strong challenging role, something I could really get what remains of my teeth into… I’ve always loved ghost stories, so playing the lead in one is a very exciting prospect.”
While Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, added: “It’s a real coup for us that Michael Palin has chosen to make his return to a leading role for the first time in over 20 years on BBC One, and a testament to Gwyneth Hughes’ hauntingly brilliant script.”