ITV Encore has tapped Lewis star Laurence Fox (pictured, right) for a starring role in the second season of their original drama series The Frankenstein Chronicles, TVWise has learned.
While details of the character Fox will be playing were not immediately available, it is expected to be a major role. Also joining the cast for season two is Maeve Dermody (SS-GB, And Then There Were None).
They join returning cast members Sean Bean (Legends, Game Of Thrones), Ed Stoppard (The Musketeers, Cilla), Richie Campbell (Waterloo Road, Liar), Robbie Gee (Cuffs, Snatch), Ryan Sampson (Plebs, Holby City), Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, About Time), Tom Ward (Silent Witness, Death Comes To Pemberley).
Created by Benjamin Ross and Barry Langford, The Frankenstein Chronicles is set in Regency London in 1827 and follows Inspector John Marlott, a talented investigator who is recruited by Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel to bring a chilling and diabolical killer to justice. As the investigation unfolded, it became clear that a demonic power at work in the city, attempting to reanimate the dead in a curious parody of the celebrated Frankenstein novel.
In season two John Marlott is no longer a mere mortal and his purpose is to seek revenge on Lord Daniel Hervey for taking his life, and to redeem his soul after being wrongly convicted and hanged for murder. Marlott must operate outside the law as he comes up against dark forces in high society and in the dangerous slums of the over-crowded capital. In the darkest corners of Georgian London, Marlott acts as defender of the poor and destitute as he fights to clear his name and bring Hervey to justice.
The show’s six episode second season, which was originally commissioned back in June, was penned by Michael Robert Johnson, Paul Tomalin, Noel Farragher, Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson and is once again being produced by independent production company Rainmark Films in association with Far Moor. Lawrence Till is the series producer, while Alex Gabassi (Psi) is attached to direct. The executive producers are Tracey Scoffield, David Tanner and Frank Doelger for Rainmark Films, and Justin Thomson and Patrick Irwin for Far Moor. Nortern Ireland Screen is providing funding. Production began yesterday in Northern Ireland for a 2017 premiere.