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BBC ONE gets its teeth into Dracula


Category: TV Drama; BBC ONE

Date: 10.08.2006
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Marc Warren heads a striking cast in Stewart Harcourt's new adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, Dracula. Filming begins this month on location in and around the West Country for transmission later in the year on BBC ONE.

 

Starring alongside Warren is a line-up of some of Britain's brightest young acting talent including Dan Stevens (Line of Beauty) as Holmwood, Sophia Myles (Thunderbirds) as his fiancé Lucy and Tom Burke (State of Play) as their friend Seward.

 

They are joined by Rafe Spall (The Chatterley Affair) as solicitor Jonathan Harker and Stephanie Leonidas (MirrorMask) as his girlfriend Mina.

 

Completing the main company is David Suchet (Poirot) who plays vampire scholar and Dracula's nemesis, Van Helsing.

 

Returning to the original novel for his inspiration, Stewart Harcourt's script draws both on elements of Bram Stoker's own life and Victorian society to give this version of the vampire classic a new, modern sensibility.

 

Julie Gardner, Head of BBC Wales Drama and one of the executive producers, said: "Stewart Harcourt's adaptation is a visceral, sexy and bold re-telling of Bram Stoker's classic chiller which will blow the cobwebs off traditional period drama. And we've brought together a cast of thrilling young talent to bring it to life."

 

Fellow executive producer Michele Buck, of Granada, added: "We're delighted to be joining forces with BBC Wales in order to bring this vibrant new script to the screen."

 

And executive producer Damien Timmer added: "Stewart Harcourt's extraordinary script introduces some bold new elements and unexpected twists to the Dracula legend. It's emotionally hugely powerful and genuinely terrifying!"

 

A BBC Wales production for BBC-ONE, Dracula is written by Stewart Harcourt (Hearts and Bones, Jericho), directed by Bill Eagles (The Riverman, Beautiful Creatures) and produced by Trevor Hopkins (Poirot, William and Mary) with Julie Gardner (BBC), Rebecca Eaton (WGBH Boston), Michele Buck and Damien Timmer (Granada) as Executive Producers.

 

Dracula is a Granada Production for BBC Wales with co-producers Granada International and WGBH Boston.

 

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Category: TV Drama; BBC ONE

Date: 10.08.2006
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