ITV has commissioned its second original drama for ITV Encore in as many days - The Frankenstein Chronicles will make its way onto the new channel in 2015. The first, supernatural thriller Midwinter of the Spirit, was commissioned last week.
The Frankenstein Chronicles will feature Sean Bean, whose been in Game Of Thrones and about a billion other things you'll have heard of, in the lead role, and is described as being a mixture of the horror and investigative genres set in London in 1827.
This latest take on English author Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus sees talented investigator Inspector John Marlott attempting to uncover the truth about a grisly collection of body parts assembled to look like the body of a child, with home secretary Sir Robert Peel tasking Marlott with finding the killer.
Filming for The Frankenstein Chronicles, part-funded by government-backed film and television development agency Northern Ireland Screen and set to be produced by independent UK production company Rainmark Films, will begin in Belfast in January. The drama will get a six-episode run on ITV Encore later next year.
Director Benjamin Ross, who co-created The Frankenstein Chronicles with Barry Langford, said: "Marlott's investigation takes him into the dark corners of Regency London. He discovers an underworld of prostitution, drug smuggling, body-snatching and murder for profit. The rational evidence points first one way and then another as he contemplates a frightening alternate scenario."
The two new series are part of ITV's four-year partnership with Sky, which is aimed at attracting new viewers to both ITV Encore and Sky TV. ITV Encore, which currently shows series such as Broadchurch, Law & Order: UK and Agatha Christie's Poirot, is available on Sky channel 263, Sky Go and NOW TV.