ITV has premiered a new six-part series, The Frankenstein Chronicles, with an ensemble cast including Sean Bean, Anna Maxwell Martin and Ed Stoppard.
The Frankenstein Chronicles is set in Georgian London, and what producer Tracey Scoffield describes as “re-imagined history”. “There are very strong elements of horror that come out of the story but when they do we’re hoping that they feel as though they take place within a real world.” Scoffield commented.
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 Marlott and he finds himself unable to shake off the memory of what has happened that fateful night.
With a formidable reputation as an inves2gator, it comes as no surprise when coldly efficient Peel summons him insisting the “details of your investigation must remain confidential.” And after what he’s witnessed, Marlott accepts the challenge to track the perpetrator of this heinous crime. As he investigates, Marlott discovers that what he’s dealing with is more horrific than he could possibly have imagined.
The Frankenstein Chronicles will also feature historical figures such as Sir Robert Peel, William Blake, Mary Shelley and Charles Dickens. The historical figures will have an important role to play. Part of the story, for example, focuses on Sir Robert Peel (played by Tom Ward), who was then the Home Secretary and considering setting up a police force. As of yet London has no police force to investigate crime. John Marlott, who becomes an investigator, is taken from the only organised police force that existed at the time, the privately run River Police based at Wapping.
Scoffield thinks the pre-Victorian setting will appeal to audiences. “Audiences have grown very familiar with London in Victorian times,” she said. “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.”
Joining Sean Bean are Anna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle), Charlie Creed-Miles (Ripper Street), Ed Stoppard (Cilla), Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci’s Demons), Eloise Smyth (Life of Crime), Hugh O’Conor (Chocolat), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones), Lalor Roddy (Hunger), Patrick Fitzsymons (Game of Thrones) and Richie Campbell (Waterloo Road). Robbie Gee (Snatch), Ryan Sampson (Plebs), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge), Shaun Mason (Cilla), Steve Wilson (Game of Thrones), Steven Berkoff (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Stuart Graham (The Fall), Tom Ward (Silent Witness) and Vanessa Kirby (About Time) will also star.