EXCLUSIVE: BBC One’s upcoming drama series Atlantis has booked two more guest stars for its 13 episode first season. Both Ciaran Griffiths (Shameless) and Shelley King (EastEnders) have booked guest roles on the series. My sources tell me that Griffths will be playing a Greek archaeologist and that King will be playing one of the “seven sisters”. Other guest stars on the show’s first season include Alice St. Clair and Ken Bones. Created by Howard Overman (Misfits), Atlantis is set in the city of Atlantis: a mysterious ancient place; a world of bull leaping, of snake haired goddesses and of palaces so vast it was said they were built by giants. It’s into this strange, compelling realm that the young Jason arrives and an amazing adventure begins, bringing to life the vast store of Greek myths and legends. The series is being produced by Little Monster Films & BBC Cymru Wales and stars Mark Addy (Game of Thrones), Juliet Stevenson (White Heat), Sarah Parish (Mistresses), Jemima Rooper (Lost In Austen), Aiysha Hart (Honour), Jack Donnelly (Dancing On The Edge), Robert Emms (War Horse) and Oliver Walker (Trapped). Justin Molotnikov (Merlin) is attached to direct.
As production begins on the fifth and final season of E4’s dramedy series Misfits, my sources tell me that Ruth Sheen (Silent Witness) has booked a recurring role on the series. Created by Howard Overman, Misfts follows a group of young offenders sentenced to work in a community service programme, where they obtain supernatural powers after a strange electrical storm. The final season marks the first anniversary of the storm and a support group forms on the estate for those people who find having a super power isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Like the ability to knit visions of the future, or to shag unwanted powers out of other people or to transform into a turtle. And as Dark Rudy likes to talk-slash-moan, it should come as no surprise that he is the first of our gang to start attending. And it’s here that he sees a very different future facing the team – one which could change things forever. The dramedy series is produced by Clerkenwell Films and stars Joseph Gilgun, Karla Crome, Nathan McMullen, Matt Stokoe and Natasha O’Keeffe.
Finally, ITV’s crime drama Whitechapel has booked a number of guest stars for its fourth season, which is currently in production. My sources tell me that Mark Rice-Oxley (Land Girls), Badria Timimi (The Shadow Line) and Joan Blackham (Doctors) will be appearing in the show’s six episode fourth season. Created by Ben Court and Caroline Ip, Whitechapel follows a group of police detectives, led by Detective Inspector Joseph Chandler, as they investigate homicides which seem to be copycat killing based on historical crimes. The drama series is produced by NBCUniversal’s Carnival Films and stars Rupert Penry Jones as Detective Inspector Joseph Chandler, Phil Davis as Detective Sergeant Ray Miles and Steve Pemberton as Edward Buchan. Daniel Nettheim and Jon East are directing the new season.