Written by Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes’ Ashley Pharoah this two-part adaptation of the much loved John Meade Falkner novel is set in the small Dorset village of Moonfleet.
In the story, young John Trenchard (Barnard) is desperate to join the local band of smugglers led by Elzevir Block (Winstone). Together they embark on an adventure full of action, friendship and humour, and hunt for a fabled lost diamond. Their journey takes them from 18th Century Dorset, to the Jewel quarter of The Hague and on to a gripping, final sea voyage.
Ray Winstone comments: “I’m incredibly excited to be working with Sky – I can’t wait to start filming and it’s a real honour to be bringing such an epic adventure story to life.”
Newcomer Sophie Cookson joins the cast as John’s first love, Grace who is also the daughter of Moonfleet’s anti-smuggling magistrate, Mohune, played by Ben Chaplin. Omid Djalili will appear as diamond merchant, Aldobrand, and Martin Trenaman as the Turnkey. Lorcan Cranitch and Anthony Ofoegbu play Elzevir’s fellow smugglers, Meech and Loder.
The two part series will air in hour long slots. Filming begins in and around Dublin this summer.