EXCLUSIVE: BBC One has tapped Shameless and What Remains star David Threlfall to play the lead in their one-off drama The Ark, a “retelling” of the biblical story of Noah and The Ark which recently entered production on location in Morocco and is described as a “timeless tale of faith and family”.
The Ark will tell the story of Noah, a farmer and family man who is instructed by an angel to build an ark in the middle of a desert in order to save both his family and the faithful from a devastating flood. A seemingly impossible task, especially when his sons refuse to believe him and help, Noah risks ridicule and humiliation from the degenerate townsfolk as well as his loving but exasperated family, in his quest to carry out his God-given task.
Threlfall, who will play the part of Noah, said that The Ark was a project he immediately wanted to be a part of. “The story jumped off the page at me from the first reading. It’s not just a family saga but the first family saga. It takes its inspiration from many faiths and speaks of values which should be shared across all cultures”, he said.
The Borgias star Joanne Whalley has also been cast in the 90 minute drama as Noah’s wife Emmie. Rounding out the cast is Nico Mirallegro (The Village), Ashley Walters (Truckers), Emily Bevan (In The Flesh), Hannah John-Kamen (Death in Paradise), Georgina Campbell (One Night), Ian Smith (The Syndicate), Michael Fox (New Worlds) and Andrew Hawley (Hinterland).
The Ark was written by Tony Jordan, creator of Death In Paradise and the upcoming Legion. His indie Red Planet Pictures is producing in association with Lip Sync Productions and Great Point Media. The executive producers are Tony Jordan, Red Planet’s Belinda Campbell and the BBC’s Polly Hill. Jules Hussey is set to produce, while Kenny Glenaan is attached to direct.
“The Ark is a timeless tale which will touch those who are both familiar with the story from the Bible, as well as those who are seeing it for the first time”, said Executive Producer Belinda Campbell. “Warm and humorous, it tells the tale of the impact on a family when an ordinary man undertakes to do an extraordinary thing.”
While Polly Hill, the BBC’s Head of Independent Drama, added: “It is great to see Tony Jordan’s fantastic scripts attract such a talented and stellar cast which combined will bring this wonderful story to life.”