Monday 10 Mar 2014
Friday 6 May 2011: This press release has been updated to include new casting information.
Christopher Eccleston plays politician Daniel Demoys in Bill Gallagher's original new four-part drama The Fuse on BBC One.
Daniel wakes up after an alcohol fuelled night and realises that he might be responsible for a murder. A dramatic act of redemption buys him public adoration, but how long can he hide from the truth?
Filmed and set in Manchester, the drama follows Daniel Demoys, a stranger in his own life. Over the years he has gone from being an idealistic young man with a burning desire to make the world a better place, to a disillusioned and corrupt council official. His alcoholism has driven a wedge between him and his wife, Alex, and their three children.
After saving a young man from being shot, public opinion of him as a straight-talking everyday hero couldn't be higher. So much so that the council official has become a candidate in the race to become Manchester's mayor. The public are enthralled by his no nonsense determination not to treat the electorate like fools and by his openness about his personal problems and struggle with addiction.
But Daniel Demoys has killed a man and as his public star rises ever higher and he tries to repair the damage done to his private life, Daniel is painfully aware that it could all come crashing down at any moment.
Christopher Eccleston say : "Bill Gallagher has written a fantastic five episode drama about obsession, addiction and redemption. I'm very excited about the role of Daniel Demoys and to be working with Red Production Company and BBC One. I can't wait."
Bill Gallagher, writer and executive producer, says: "I liked the idea of starting a story with a man who finds himself in a self-induced hell, and following him as he tries to make amends for the harm he has done. He happens to be a politician, so he has a chance to pay for his sins in his community."
Nicola Shindler, executive producer, Red Production Company, says: "I am extremely excited to be working on another Bill Gallagher script. He has written an incredibly compelling, morally complex thriller with a very recognisable family at its core. We are going to make an accessible, very honest and stylish drama for BBC One."
The Fuse follows Daniel's quest for redemption and poses the question of what it means to be a decent person.
This is the latest commission from Red Production Company (Exile, Single Father), for winter 2012 on BBC One. Written by Bill Gallagher (Lark Rise To Candleford, The Prisoner). The BBC executive producer is Piers Wenger.
The Fuse was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, Drama Commissioning, and Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One.