ITV has released the first image from their upcoming two-part drama Dark Angel, which is based on the true story of Victorian era serial killer Mary Ann Cotton.
Dark Angel follows Mary Ann Cotton (Froggatt) who is a very female serial killer, a poisoner whose methods leave no visible scars, allowing her tally of victims to mount unsuspected by a Victorian society unable to conceive of a woman capable of such terrible crimes. Travelling around the North East, she insinuates herself into unsuspecting families, marrying and creating new families of her own – before killing them, taking their money and moving on.
The two-part drama is based on the book Mary Ann Cotton: Britain’s First Female Serial Killer by David Wilson and is being penned by The Girl scribe Gwyneth Hughes. World Productions are producing, with the indie’s creative director Simon Heath and Kirstie Macdonald executive producing, while Jake Lushington is set to produce. Downton Abbey helmer Brian Percival will direct. Dark Angel is receiving funding from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund. Production on the two-parter
The release of the first look image, which show Joanne Froggatt in character as Mary Ann Cotton, comes as production is now getting underway in North Yorkshire and County Durham and several hours after ITV revealed that Alun Armstrong (New Tricks), Laura Morgan (The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher), Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood), Sam Hoare (Life in Squares) Emma Fielding (DCI Banks) and Penny Layden (Call The Midwife) had joined the cast of the two-parter.
Check out the first look image below: