We have to admit, this is a bit of a surprise. Not because of the ratings or quality for the first series, but because it felt like it was always intended as a mini-series with a self-contained beginning, middle and end. The extraordinary ending (which we won’t give away as it’s by far the best thing about the first series and made it worth sticking with) means that any second series will have to be very, very different indeed.
Taking inspiration from Mary Shelley’s gothic literary classic – and even featuring her as a character – the first series saw Sean Bean as syphilitic Inspector John Marlott, suffering from the delusions created by his illness as he investigated some seriously bizarre murders and body-snatching. Marlott’s investigation took him into the most exalted rooms and darkest corners of Georgian London, a world of body snatchers, anatomists and scientists whose interests and ambitions came together in the market for dead bodies. As Marlott investigated, it brought him up against the medical establishment and powerful political forces wrestling with the march of scientific progress. One thing was for certain – a demonic power was clearly at work in the city, attempting to reanimate the dead in a curious parody of the celebrated novel.
Production of the new series is set to begin in Northern Ireland in January 2017 and will be executive produced by Tracey Scoffield and produced by David Tanner for Rainmark Films. Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, Accused) will also executive produce the new series.
“We are thrilled to be working once more with Sean Bean in the role of John Marlott, who is a returning hero like no other,” says executive producer, Tracey Scoffield. “With the continued support of ITV and Endemol Shine International we want to be more ambitious than ever with season two.”
The Frankenstein Chronicles was 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).
This is going to be very interesting…