11/11/15 - Frankenstein Chronicles Opens to Rave Reviews
"Bean is an actor I have always admired. Often mocked by people who should know better, he can carry a show by himself and performs most people off the screen. His John Marlott is gruff, pained, sensitive, fair and decent. A real hero.”
"Sean Bean is our guide through this dreary and ominous 19th century London. He plays the gruff, hardened character we are used to seeing in Bean – but he does it so well he’s forgiven for his typecasting. In flashbacks we learn he has his own dark past to contend with that clearly influences his gritty determination in the present"
"This gory drama was rather like a Frankenstein’s monster itself, constructed from stitched-together elements of Sharpe, Sherlock, Oliver Twist, Ripper Street and Penny Dreadful. However, it was bold, eerily effective and chillingly atmospheric. Bean’s always a gruffly engaging screen presence and the all-star supporting cast was strong."
As Bean has amply demonstrated across his career, he can add subtext to a scene simply by the way in which he glances around a room, and certainly this first part, which relies heavily on his performance, would have lost its resonance with someone less experienced in the role.
Frankenstein’s monster has never been quick on his feet, so, fittingly missing Halloween by a week, The Frankenstein Chronicles slowly shuffles its way onto ITV Encore. With parts harvested from history, fiction, and film, this Frankie follows in the footsteps of Sky’s Penny Dreadful and ITV’s recent Jekyll And Hyde – so far, so 'TV Execs are still mid-ransack over at the Waterstones’* Gothic fiction aisles' – but what has this show got in abundance that those others were lacking?
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New On Set Still - Inspector John Marlott
Joining Bean are:
Anna Maxwell Martin (Philomena, The Bletchley Circle),
Charlie Creed-Miles (Peaky Blinders),
Ed Stoppard (The Musketeers),
Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci’s Demons),
Hugh O’Conor (Killing Bono),
Joe Tucker (Bronson),
Kate Dickie (Game Of Thrones),
Lalor Roddy (Hunger),
Patrick Fitzsymons (Game Of Thrones)
Richie Campbell (Lewis).
Robbie Gee (Young Dracula),
Ryan Sampson (Doctor Who),
Samuel West (Mr Selfridge),
Shaun Mason (Cilla),
Steve Wilson (Ripper Street),
Steven Berkoff (Witches Of East End),
Stuart Graham (The Fall),
Tom Ward (Death Comes To Pemberley)
Vanessa Kirby (Everest)