EXCLUSIVE: Game Of Thrones and Legends star Sean Bean has been tapped to play the lead role in Broken, BBC One’s six episode drama series from Jimmy McGovern, TVWise can reveal. In addition to starring, Bean has also signed on to executive produce the project.
Broken is described as a “State of the Nation Piece” that follows Father Michael Kerrigan, a Catholic priest presiding over a Northern urban parish. Modern and maverick, yet reassuringly flawed, Father Michael must be confidante, counsellor and confessor to a conflicted congregation who, like himself, struggles to reconcile its beliefs with the hypocrisies demanded by contemporary Britain.
Sean Bean will take on the lead role of Father Michael Kerrigan. Bean, repped by Independent Talent and CAA, will be doing back-to-back productions, going straight from Broken into the second season of ITV Encore’s The Frankenstein Chronicles, in which he plays the lead role of Inspector John Marlott. Casting for the remaining regular roles on Broken is still underway.
This project reunites Bean and McGovern after the two previously worked together on the BBC One series Accused. “It’s fantastic, because I’ve been trying to work with Sean again ever since he played Tracie Tremarco in Accused, which was astonishing stuff, so I’m over the moon he’s jumped on board with Broken”, said series creator Jimmy McGovern
“I was very excited at the prospect of working with Jimmy McGovern again”, added Sean Bean. “His scripts are raw and real and he creates fantastic and interesting characters that resonate with society today. I’m also thrilled to have Ashley Pearce on board as director.”
McGovern is penning the scripts for Broken, which was commissioned by then BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and Controller of Drama Commissioning Poly Hill last December. LA Productions is producing, with Colin McKeown and Donna Molloy serving as the series producers. Lucy Richer, the BBC’s Acting Controller of Drama Commissioning, will executive produce alongside Sean Bean. Ashley Pearce and Noreen Kershaw are attached to direct.