The Monster Reimagined: The Frankenstein Chronicles
The thrilling and horrifying reimagining of the classic Victorian story, The Frankenstein Chronicles, hits our screens tonight exclusively on ITV Encore.
The Frankenstein Chronicles take the classic horror story and splices it with the contemporary-feeling crime drama genre. The drama opens with Sir Robert Peel recruiting Inspector John Marlott for a secret and rather gruesome task. Standing at the water’s edge on the Thames, a childlike body washes up in front of Marlott. Upon closer inspection it becomes clear that what appears to be a whole corpse, is in fact a crudely stitched together mass of body parts taking the shape of the human form. Horrified, Marlott is intent on finding the guilty party behind this shocking crime.
Set in the world of Mary Shelley’s book, this show will uniquely blend real history and imagined history, featuring Sir William Blake, Charles Dickens and Shelley as actual characters. Shelley’s original text was one of the first of its kind to delve into the world of science fiction. Published in London in 1818, the book came at a time of immense change and scientific discovery which is not only addressed in her text but will also be a driving factor of The Frankenstein Chronicles.
Sean Bean leads the cast of The Frankenstein Chronicles as Inspector John Marlott. Finding his success in playing “loose cannon” Richard Sharpe in the historical war drama, Sean Bean has gone on to play strong leading roles that have set him apart from his contemporaries. With memorable roles in Goldeneye, Game of Thrones, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Bean has often been praised for his instinctive acting style, completely immersing himself in every character. Of his Chronicles character, Bean has said “He is a thinker. He’s very much a loner. He lost his wife and his child when she was very young, through his own fault really, which is something that always weighs him down and saddens him”.
Anna Maxwell Martin will be bringing Mary Shelley to life. She describes her as “really strong, powerful; so bright, [and] fiercely intelligent”. Tom Ward takes on the real-life role of Sir Robert Peel – most famous for forming the Metropolitan Police. He was also an instigator of the medical “Anatomy Act” which is a focus for the programme. Ward commented on the Western lawlessness feel of the show, saying, “…you’ve got body snatchers and grave robbers and fake doctors selling fake potions; it’s completely unregulated. It’s chaotic; people exchanging coins for corpses – it’s absolutely out of control… with mad scientists in cellars orchestrating it.”
The series will also star Ryan Sampson, Vanessa Kirby, and Steven Berkoff.
Promising to make your winter nights a hell of a lot spookier, The Frankenstein Chronicles starts tonight at 10pm on ITV Encore.
Take a sneak peek here: