ITV have released more details of the ITV Encore drama The Frankenstein Chronicles, a thrilling and terrifying re-imagining of the Frankenstein myth.
The drama, first announced last year, will air across six episodes. The period crime drama stars Sean Bean and is produced by Rainmark Films for ITV Encore. The series has been written and directed by Benjamin Ross.
“The really good thing about this is that I’ve never shot anything where we’ve been in so many locations, so many fantastic panoramic sets that are real. No studio work, it’s just been travelling every day to a castle or an abbey or cellars underground, cobbled streets. It’s quite astounding and it’s very ambitious to try and do that but it worked really well and it really gives you that expanse of London and things going on above ground and under ground and in back streets, everywhere.
“You feel it’s a really thriving hotch potch of different people, different nationalities and different religions. It was such a volatile time and I think [Benjamin Ross] has captured that beautifully.” – Sean Bean
Incorporating elements from the investigative and horror genres with an extraordinary hero at its centre, Inspector John Marlott, (Bean) will be taken on a terrifying journey in pursuit of a chilling and diabolical foe. Cast joining Sean Bean include Anna Maxwell Martin, Charlie Creed‐Miles, Ed Stoppard, Elliot Cowan, Eloise, Hugh O’Conor, Kate Dickie, Lalor Roddy, Patrick Fitzsymons and Richie Campbell.
Set in Georgian London in 1827, The Frankenstein Chronicles has been created by Emmy nominated director and writer Benjamin Ross and writer Barry Langford. In the drama’s opening sequences, the Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel (Tom Ward), following a successful operation by Thames River Police to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers, recruits Marlott (Sean Bean).
As he stands on the water’s edge, Marlott makes a shocking discovery. The body of a dead child is washed up on the shore and on further examination of the corpse, he is horrified to discover it’s not actually a child but rather a crude assembly of body parts arranged in a grotesque parody of a human form. The mutilated child‐like body leaves an indelible impression on him and he finds himself unable to shake off the memory of what has happened that fateful night. With a formidable reputation as an investigator, it comes as no surprise when coldly efficient Peel summons him insisting the “details of your investigation must remain confidential.” And afert what he’s witnessed, Marlott accepts the challenge to track the perpetrator of this heinous crime.
“I think the thing that will interest audiences about the London of this period is that it’s not Victorian, it’s pre‐Victorian. Audiences have grown very familiar with London in Victorian times. This is a London that was still a very small town. It was pre‐industrial and a lot of it was still medieval in terms of its architecture and in terms of its life. The outskirts of London, which we now think of as the suburbs, were villages. A lot of our story looks quite rural.” – Executive Producer Tracey Scoffield.
The Frankenstein Chronicles on ITV Encore from the 11th November at 10pm.