The Frankenstein Chronicles

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The Frankenstein Chronicles
Series title against a mosaic background
Genre Period crime
Created by Benjamin Ross
Barry Langford
Starring Sean Bean
Tom Ward
Richie Campbell
Vanessa Kirby
Ed Stoppard
Ryan Sampson
Robbie Gee
Anna Maxwell Martin
Charlie Creed-Miles
Eloise Smyth
Samuel West
Mark Bazeley
Elliot Cowan
Theme music composer Harry Escott
Roger Goula Sarda
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Tracey Scoffield
David Tanner
Producer(s) Carol Moorhead
Lawrence Till
Cinematography Ian Moss
Editor(s) Jesse Parker
Running time 60 minutes (w/advertisements)
Production company(s) Rainmark Films
Release
Original network ITV Encore
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format 5.1 Surround Sound
Original release 11 November 2015 (2015-11-11) – present

The Frankenstein Chronicles is a British television period crime drama series that first aired on ITV Encore on 11 November 2015,[1] designed as a re-imagining of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein. Lead actor Sean Bean also acted as an associate producer on the first series. It follows Inspector John Marlott (Sean Bean), a river police officer who uncovers a corpse made up of body parts from eight missing children and sets about to determine who is responsible.

The series co-stars Tom Ward as Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel and Anna Maxwell Martin as author Mary Shelley. Other historical characters portrayed include William Blake (first series) and Ada Lovelace (second series).

The first series consists of six episodes which opened to critical acclaim[2] and drew an average 250,000 viewers per episode.

A&E subsequently acquired the series for broadcast in the United States, describing it as "thrilling and terrifying".[3] On 20 June 2016, ITV announced that it had renewed it for a second six-part series, with production set for January 2017.[4] Filming commenced in March 2017, with Laurence Fox and Maeve Dermody joining the cast. The writing team for the second series consisted of Michael Robert Johnson, Paul Tomalin, Noel Farragher, Colin Carberry, and Glenn Patterson, with all six episodes directed by Alex Gabassi.[5] In December 2017, it was announced that Netflix had struck a deal to carry the program in the United States and other territories.[6]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2015)[edit]

Episode Title Directed by Written by Original airdate Viewers
(millions)[7]
1"A World Without God"Benjamin RossBenjamin Ross & Barry Langford11 November 2015 (2015-11-11)0.358
During an operation to catch a gang of Opium smugglers, detective John Marlott (Sean Bean) uncovers a body on the bank of the river Thames. Upon examination, the corpse is revealed to be an amalgamation of body parts from up to eight children. Home Secretary Robert Peel (Tom Ward) orders Marlott to quietly investigate the matter. Marlott enlists the help of a vagrant boy who claims to have been told of a 'monster' snatching children from the Smithfield market area in the dead of night. Marlott suspects that some of the body parts may belong to local butcher's daughter Alice Evans, who mysteriously disappeared just over a week ago. With the help of Constable Nightingale (Richie Campbell), Marlott identifies a public house where he suspects some of the children may have been held.
2"Seeing Things"Benjamin RossBenjamin Ross & Barry Langford18 November 2015 (2015-11-18)0.278
After his discovery on the banks of the Thames, Inspector Marlott visits the house of artist and printmaker William Blake, who is on his deathbed.
3"All the Lost Children"Benjamin RossBenjamin Ross & Barry Langford25 November 2015 (2015-11-25)0.247
Having escaped the clutches of Billy Oates, Flora throws herself on Marlott's mercy. As the investigation continues, Marlott travels to Kentish Town to interrogate Mary Shelley.
4"The Fortunes of War"Benjamin RossBenjamin Ross & Mike Walden2 December 2015 (2015-12-02)0.269
Marlott and Pritty seek the help of a local vagrant as they attempt to identify the murderous gang working in the tunnels beneath Smithfield market.
5"The Frankenstein Murders"Benjamin RossBenjamin Ross & Stacey Gregg9 December 2015 (2015-12-09)0.215
Boz publishes his newspaper article, The Frankenstein Murders, which causes a public outcry and infuriates Peel on the eve of the Anatomy Act.
6"Lost and Found"Benjamin RossBenjamin Ross & Barry Langford16 December 2015 (2015-12-16)0.213
Convinced of Daniel Hervey's guilt, Marlott sets about searching the grounds of the hospital, where he finds Alice, who has been held captive by Hervey's faithful servant, Lloris. Although Alice manages to escape, Marlott is captured by Hervey, and when he awakens some hours later, he finds himself covered in blood, with Flora's lifeless body lying on his kitchen table. Despite protesting his innocence, Marlott learns that he is to be sent to the gallows.

Series 2 (2017)[edit]

Episode Title Directed by Written by Original airdate Viewers
(millions)
1 (7)"Prodigal Son"Alex GabassiMichael Robert Johnson1 November 2017 (2017-11-01)[8]TBA
John Marlott escapes from Bethlem Hospital looking to seek revenge on Lord Daniel Hervey. This does not go to plan.
2 (8)"Not John Marlott"Alex GabassiPaul Tomalin8 November 2017 (2017-11-08)[9]TBA
Marlott tries to fly under the radar by getting a position in local seamstress Esther's shop by using a psuedonym. He is convinced that someone is lying about the recent murders of local clergymen and sets to uncover the truth in his search for justice.
3 (9)"Seeing the Dead"Alex GabassiNoel Farragher and Paul Tomalin15 November 2017 (2017-11-15)[10]TBA
A local fever is sweeping the neighbourhood. Marlott believes that Lord Daniel Hervey is the root of this and that Billy Oates will lead him to the source of the problem.
4 (10)"Little Boy Lost"Alex GabassiColin Carberry, Glenn Patterson and Michael Robert Johnson22 November 2017 (2017-11-22)[11]TBA
After meeting the excentric Frederick Dipple at a party to reveal his new Automaton creation, Marlott realises that his allies may be in greater danger than he originally thought.
5 (11)"The Marriage of Heaven and Hell"Alex GabassiPaul Tomalin29 November 2017 (2017-11-29)[12]TBA
Armed with new information, Marlott is led to a suspiciously deserted tower. Is he ready for the darkness he encounters within?
6 (12)"Bride of Frankenstein"Alex GabassiMichael Robert Johnson6 December 2017 (2017-12-06)[13]TBA
With the police closing in, Marlott needs to pull out all the stops to help Esther escape from Dipple and Hervey, and in doing so, turn his fortunes around.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ITV commissions The Frankenstein Chronicles starring Sean Bean". ITV. Archived from the original on 20 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Hogan, Michael (11 November 2015). "The Frankenstein Chronicles, review: 'eerily effective'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  3. ^ A&E Press release 7 October 2015
  4. ^ "ITV recommissions The Frankenstein Chronicles for ITV Encore". ITV. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Filming begins on ITV's The Frankenstein Chronicles - Season Two - starring Sean Bean". ITV. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  6. ^ Clarke, Stewart (2017-12-12). "Netflix Takes Sean Bean Drama 'The Frankenstein Chronicles' for U.S., Global Markets (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  7. ^ http://www.barb.co.uk/whats-new/weekly-top-30?
  8. ^ "Episode 1 - Prodigal Son". ITV PRess Centre. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Episode 2 - Not John Marlott". ITV Press Centre. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "Episode 3 - Seeing the Dead". ITV Press Centre. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  11. ^ "Episode 4 - Little Boy Lost". ITV Press Centre. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  12. ^ "Episode 5 - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell". ITV Press Centre. Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  13. ^ "Episode 6 - Bride of Frankenstein". ITV Press Centre. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 

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