EXCLUSIVE: Relative newcomer Charles Furness – who recently landed the lead role on BBC One’s factual drama The Whale – has been cast in another upcoming BBC One drama: the channel’s upcoming three-parter Jamaica Inn. Exact details of Furness’ role are being kept under wraps for now. Based on the classic Daphne du Maurier novel of the same name, Jamaica Inn is a three-part drama set in 1820 against the foreboding backdrop of windswept Cornish moors which follows the young Mary Yellan as she becomes entangled in a dangerous criminal world ridden with smuggling and murder, testing her resolve and morality to the very core. The adaptation was penned by Emma Frost (The White Queen). Origin Pictures is producing the drama with Sarah Stack, Stephen Wright, David Thompson, Ed Rubin and Hilary Heath serving as executive producers. Casting for the drama is currently underway, with production expected to commence in the coming months. Call The Midwife helmer Philipa Lowthorpe is attached to direct.
Over at BBC Two, the channel’s upcoming 90 minute Dylan Thomas biopic A Poet In New York has added 4 to its cast. I’ve learned that Samantha Coughlan (Above Suspicion: Silent Scream), Celyn Jones (Jo), Demetri Goritsas (Nixon’s The One) and Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Peaky Blinders) have all landed roles on the drama. Written by Andrew Davies (Quirke), A Poet In New York begins when Dylan arrives in the city on his fourth and fatal visit to rehearse, write and party. One of the most famous poets in the world by the early 1950s, Dylan’s popular and electrifying tours had also made him a much loved celebrity in America. He was on his way to Hollywood to write an opera with Stravinsky. But, before he headed west, he had to earn enough to fund the trip by fulfilling a commitment to take part in a production of the recently completed Under Milk Wood at the prestigious Poetry Centre in Manhattan. What might have been a triumphant new departure in his career and life turned instead into a requiem for a man whose life had spiralled out of control. The drama is produced by Modern TV and stars Tom Hollander (Rev.) Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Ewen Bremner (Page Eight) and Phoebe Fox (New Tricks). The executive producers are Griff Rhys Jones, Rob Warr, Faith Penhale and Bethan Jones. Aisling Walsh is attached to direct.
ITV’s two-part drama Lucan has also added a number of actors to its cast. Anna Walton (Reign), Cavan Clerkin (The Shadow Line), Helen Bradbury (Sherlock) and Rupert Evans (The Village) have landed roles on the drama. Based on the book The Gamblers and penned by ITV Studios’ Jeff Pope, Lucan tells the story of Lucan’s exploits as a member of the infamous Clermont set and will focus on the collapse of his marriage to Veronica, the Countess of Lucan. With his marriage disintegrating, Lucan became obsessed with regaining custody of his children. Ultimately the drama will reveal what happened on that fateful night in November 1974 when his children’s nanny, Sandra Rivett, was cruelly bludgeoned to death in the basement of the family’s home in London’s Lower Belgrave Street as she made her way to the kitchen to make a cup of tea. The two-parter is being produced by ITV Studios & GroupM Entertainment and stars Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter). Angus Wright (Murder On The Home Front), Alistair Petrie (Sherlock), Julian Firth (Secret State), Michael Gould (The Bletchley Circle), Leanne Best (Ripper Street), Miles Richardson (Dancing On The Edge) and Glyn Grimstead (Fleming) have also landed roles on the drama.