Ray Winstone leads Sky 1 Drama

Sky LogoSky 1 has announced the cast for its ambitious brand new family drama Moonfleet. Ray Winstone will lead the cast, alongside Aneurin Barnard.

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.

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  1. Winstone has been cast as Elzevir Block, the leader of the local band of smugglers; Barnard as lead character John Trenchard, who is desperate to join Elzevir Block’s crew; Ofoegbu as Loder, one of the smugglers on Elzevir Block’s crew; Martin Trenaman as the Turnkey; Lorean Cranitch as Meech, one of the smugglers on Elzevir Block’s crew; Ben Chaplin as Mohune, the local anti-smuggling magistrate; Cookson as Grace, the daughter of the local magistrate and John’s first love and Omid Djalili as Aldobrand, a diamond merchant.

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