EXCLUSIVE: BBC One’s high profile co-production Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell has found another of its key cast members. I’ve learned that Vincent Franklin (The Thick of It) has joined the BBC One/BBC America/Space co-pro as series regular Christopher Drawlight. Based on the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell is set during the Napoleonic Wars in an England where magic once existed and is about to return. The series was adapted for television by Peter Harness (who is writing all 7 episodes), with Toby Haynes attached to direct. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is being produced by Cuba Pictures and is being co-produced with BBC America, in association with Feel Film, Far Moor, Screen Yorkshire and Bell Media’s Space. The series stars Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan), Bertie Carvel (Hidden), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures), Marc Warren (Mad Dogs), Samuel West (Fleming), Charlotte Riley (Easy Virtue), Enzo Cilenti (Prisoners Wives) and Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones). The executive producers are Matthew Read, Nick Marston, Justin Thomson-Glover, Patrick Irwin, Tally Garner and Dixie Linder. Toby Haynes is attached to direct.
Meanwhile, a number of well known British actors have signed up for roles on ABC’s limited series The Assets. One of my sources is telling me that Harriet Walter ( Law & Order: UK), Christina Cole (Chaos), Jodie Whittaker (The Smoke) and Ralph Brown (Dallas) have all been cast in the drama series, joining The Fall‘s John Lynch who is also set to star. Initially ordered by ABC back in July, The Assets is based on the book Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed by CIA officers Sandra Grimes and the late Jeanne Vertefeuille, who headed the agency’s counter-intelligence investigation which identified Aldrich Ames as a mole who had blown the cover of at least ten Soviet intelligence officers who were working for the company and, the investigation claimed, dozens more assets across the world. ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions are producing the drama with Morgan Hertzan, Rudy Bednar and Andrew Chapman serving as executive producers. The directors are Peter Medak, Trygve Diesen and Jeff T. Thomas.