ITV recommissions The Frankenstein Chronicles for ITV Encore starring Sean Bean and produced by Rainmark Films
ITV has commissioned a second series of the period crime drama, The Frankenstein Chronicles, starring multi award winning actor Sean Bean from producers Rainmark Films to be screened on ITV Encore.
Taking inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Gothic literary classic, the first series of The Frankenstein Chronicles, captured the imagination of both viewers and critics alike.
“Bold, eerily, effective and chillingly atmospheric,” said the Daily Telegraph, whilst The Guardian felt the drama “offers real, rare shivers” and TV Times critiqued Sean Bean’s characterisation of Inspector John Marlott – “Bean is great as an everyman in a strange world” whilst the drama was considered “deliciously creepy”.
Production of the new series is set to begin in Northern Ireland in January 2017 and will be executive produced by Tracey Scoffield and produced by David Tanner for Rainmark Films. Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Accused) will also executive produce the new series.
“We are thrilled to be working once more with Sean Bean in the role of John Marlott, who is a returning hero like no other,” said Executive Producer, Tracey Scoffield. “With the continued support of ITV and Endemol Shine International we want to be more ambitious than ever with Season 2.”
Billed as a thrilling and terrifying reimaging of the Frankenstein story, the series introduced an extraordinary hero as its central character, John Marlott, a veteran of the Battle of Waterloo, who was battling his own demons and haunted by the loss of his wife and child. In pursuit of a chilling and diabolical killer, Marlott’s investigation took him into the most exalted rooms and darkest corners of Georgian London, a world of body snatchers, anatomists and scientists whose interests and ambitions came together in the market for dead bodies.
As Marlott investigated, it brought him up against the medical establishment and powerful political forces wrestling with the march of scientific progress. One thing was for certain – a demonic power was clearly at work in the city, attempting to reanimate the dead in a curious parody of the celebrated novel.
The Frankenstein Chronicles was created by Emmy™ nominated director and writer Benjamin Ross (The Young Poisoner’s Handbook, Torte Bluma – both as director) and writer Barry Langford (Torte Bluma).
The new series has been commissioned for ITV by Controller of Drama Victoria Fea and Commissioning Editor Sarah Conroy.
“The Frankenstein Chronicles certainly resonated with viewers and we’re delighted to be working with Sean Bean, Tracey Scoffield and her production team for a second series,” said Victoria.
The Frankenstein Chronicles is a Rainmark Films production in association with Far Moor (Executive Producers Justin Thomson-Glover and Patrick Irwin) with funding from Northern Ireland Screen. The series is distributed worldwide by Endemol Shine International.