Sky Living has given the green-light to The Enfield Haunting, a three-part adaptation of Guy Lyon Playfair’s book “This House is Haunted” starring Harry Potter alum Timothy Spall, which is being eyed as the “cornerstone” of the channel’s Spring 2015 schedule, TVWise has learned.
The Enfield Haunting is a supernatural drama based upon real events that took place at an ordinary house in Enfield during the autumn of 1977. The drama draws on extensive documentation, recordings and witness statements of the incident, which remains one of the most documented account of poltergeist activity in British history.
Timothy Spall will lead the cast of the three-parter, playing Maurice Grosse, a rookie paranormal researcher. Ripper Street star Matthew Macfadyen and Juliet Stevenson (The Village) also star in The Enfield Hauntings. Macfadyen will play Guy Lyon Playfair, an experienced investigator who approaches the case with scepticism; while Stevenson has been cast as Betty, Maurice’s wife.
The adaptation was penned by Joshua St Johnston and is being produced by Eleven Films, the indie behind E4’s new drama series Glue. Adrian Sturges is set as the series producer, while Eleven Films’ Jamie Campbell and Sky’s Acting Head of Drama Cameron Roach will executive produce. The Killing helmer Kristoffer Nyholm is attached to direct the three-parter, which begins production in London this Autumn. eOne will handle global distribution.
“This gripping, touching and terrifying drama is the very definition of my ambition to bring the best and most compelling stories to Sky Living. I am so proud that the first class acting talent of Timothy Spall, Matthew Macfadyen and Juliet Stevenson combined with the directing brilliance of Kristoffer Nyholm are coming together to bring this incredible story, based on real events, to life on Living”, said Antonia Hurford-Jones, Director of Sky Living. “The Enfield Haunting, with its emotionally rich characters, strong storytelling and powerful supernatural core, is sure to keep our customers in suspense and will set the standard of original scripted drama on Sky Living.”