Michael Palin leads cast of BBC One supernatural thriller Remember Me

I was attracted to Remember Me not only by the northern setting, but also by a good, strong challenging role, something I could really get what remains of my teeth into... I've always loved ghost stories, so playing the lead in one is a very exciting prospect."Michael Palin
Date: 16.01.2014     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.13
Category: BBC One; Drama
For the first time in more than 20 years, actor, comedian, writer and explorer Michael Palin is heading the cast of a BBC drama.

Remember Me is a haunting three-part mystery by award-winning writer Gwyneth Hughes (The Girl, Five Days, Miss Austen Regrets), made by Mammoth Screen for BBC One.

Palin will play Tom Parfitt, a frail, old Yorkshireman seemingly alone in the world, whose admittance to a nursing home triggers a series of inexplicable events.

Michael says: "This is my first lead role in a TV drama series since G.B.H. It's also a return to Yorkshire, where I was born, brought up and learnt my acting in amateur dramatics.

"I was attracted to Remember Me not only by the northern setting, but also by a good, strong challenging role, something I could really get what remains of my teeth into... I've always loved ghost stories, so playing the lead in one is a very exciting prospect."

On the day elderly Tom Parfitt leaves his home to move into residential care, he becomes the sole witness to a violent death. Teenage care assistant Hannah (Jodie Comer - My Mad Fat Diary) and investigating police detective Rob Fairholme (Mark Addy - The Full Monty, Atlantis), try to unravel the riddle of his mysterious history, and are drawn into an eerie and dangerous world of lost love and betrayal.

Julia Sawalha (Larkrise To Candleford) also stars as Hannah's troubled mother Jan Ward with Mina Anwar (The Thin Blue Line) as Tom's neighbour Roshana Salim.

Chris Carey (The Ambassadors, Dirk Gently, Run) is the producer, and Ashley Pearce (The Accused: Tracie's Story, Garrow's Law) directs.

Controller of BBC One, Charlotte Moore, says: “It’s a real coup for us that Michael Palin has chosen to make his return to a leading role for the first time in over 20 years on BBC One, and a testament to Gwyneth Hughes’ hauntingly brilliant script.”

Rebecca Keane, executive producer for Mammoth Screen, says: "Gwyn is one of the UK's most accomplished writers and Remember Me is a strikingly original supernatural story. With the hugely impressive young actor Jodie Comer joining Mark Addy and Michael Palin in the key roles, we're confident this will be a very special drama."

Remember Me starts filming this week in Huddersfield and Scarborough for transmission later this year.

Mammoth Screen's recent credits for the BBC include Parade's End and Blandings, and they are behind the forthcoming Poldark series for BBC One.

The executive producers are Rebecca Keane and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen, Gwyneth Hughes and Polly Hill for the BBC.  

Remember Me is a UK Tax Credit production, with additional funding from ITV GE & North Light Film Studios in West Yorkshire.

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