Word is out that ITV has ordered a six part crime drama set in 1827 London starring none other than Sean Bean in the lead role. The Frankenstein Chronicles will take us on a journey of investigation and horror as Inspector John Marlott, played by Bean, unravels the mystery of the strangely mutilated corpse that washes ashore.
Written by director Benjamin Ross (RKO 281, The Young Poisoner’s Handbook) and Barry Langford (Torte Bluma), the miniseries will premiere on ITV’s subscription channel ITV Encore. That makes The Frankenstein Chronicles the first original programming created for ITV Encore since its creation earlier this year.
Here’s the synopsis:
Set in 1827 London, the drama begins when Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel recruits Marlott after a successful operation by Thames River Police to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers. As Marlott stands on the water’s edge contemplating the arrests, he makes a shocking discovery: A corpse washed up on the shore is not what it seems at first glance. Instead, it’s 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 who is tasked by Peel with tracking 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.
Ross teased a little more about what the main character will encounter in his investigation:
Marlott’s investigation takes him into the dark corners of Regency London. 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.
The basic concept for the series is fantastic and could lead to other Marlott investigations if Bean doesn’t have the rug pulled out from under him by the Sean Bean Curse of character death. Perhaps Marlott could investigate a rash of beating deaths and find himself on the trail of Mr. Hyde? Could a visiting Hungarian Dignitary have a taste for bloody endings? I could see this becoming a television miniseries franchise for Bean and company.
That’s all the good news, now for the bad, at least for those of us in the States. How we’ll end up getting to watch this? Well, have no fear, Endemol Worldwide Distribution will be handling the international sales for the series, That means that we should be seeing The Frankenstein Chronicles hit the states sooner rather than later.