The Frankenstein Chronicles

ITV commissions The Frankenstein Chronicles starring Sean Bean to be produced by Rainmark Films
“An evil that almost defies reason”
ITV today confirmed commission of The Frankenstein Chronicles, a thrilling and terrifying re-imagining of the Frankenstein myth as a six-part period crime drama to be produced by Rainmark Films. 

Incorporating elements from the investigative and horror genres with an extraordinary hero at its centre, Inspector John Marlott, played by multi-awarding winning leading actor Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Accused) will be taken on a terrifying journey in pursuit of a chilling and diabolical foe.
Set in Regency London in 1827, The Frankenstein Chronicles has been 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).
In the drama’s opening sequences, the Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel, following a successful operation by Thames River Police to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers, recruits Marlott. 
As he stands on the water’s edge contemplating the arrest of the smugglers, 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 investigator, he is known as a man who “doesn’t know the meaning of fear,” so 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. 
We follow him as he pursues the crazed killer behind the mutilated body.  As he investigates, Marlott discovers that what he’s dealing with is more horrific than he could possibly have imagined.
ITV’s Director of Drama, Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea have commissioned the series for ITV Encore.
“The Frankenstein Chronicles is an epic re-working of one of literature and cinema’s most iconic stories,” says November. “We’re delighted to be working with Benjamin Ross, Barry Langford and the team at Rainmark Films with the vision to bring Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein back to life.”
The Frankenstein Chronicles will be produced by David Tanner for Rainmark Films (Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight – as co-producer) and Carol Moorhead (Line of Duty, Wodehouse In Exile – as line producer).  Executive Producers are Rainmark Films’ Tracey Scoffield (Muhammad Ali’s Greatest fight, The Gathering Storm, Dirty Pretty Things) and Frank Doelger (Game of Thrones, Rome, John Adams, The Gathering Storm).  The drama’s co-creator Benjamin Ross, whose credits also include Poppy Shakespeare and RKO281, will direct the series.  
 “Marlott’s investigation takes him into the dark corners of Regency London,” said Benjamin. “He discovers an underworld of prostitution, drug smuggling, bodysnatching, and murder for profit.  The rational evidence points first one-way and then another as he contemplates a frightening alternate scenario,” added Benjamin.
Filming will begin in Northern Ireland with funding from Northern Ireland Screen in January 2015 and further information with regard to casting will be announced in due course.
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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?

Sean. Bean.

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New On Set Still - Inspector John Marlott

On Set Pictures
Sean Catches some Culture whilst filming Frankenstein Chronicles




Sean at local Northern Ireland Barber' s

Getting a haircut for the production no doubt

James McBride @Cray0ncrew (20/01/2015) 

Got to work with @richkidcampbell and Sean Bean today, one of the greatest days of my life, ever. Two incredibly cool and funny guys


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)