AND talking of Life on Mars guest star Marc Warren…
Get the garlic, crosses and stakes ready, Hustle actor Marc is about to get his teeth into a new TV adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula.
He takes the lead in the BBC1 production which begins filming this month in and around the West Country.
Lined up as a possible Christmas or New Year treat, the 90-minute film co-stars Line of Beauty’s Dan Stevens as Lord Holmwood and Thunderbirds actress Sophia Myles as his fiance Lucy.
David Suchet also takes a break from Poirot to play vampire scholar and Dracula’s nemesis Van Helsing.
In the way of the TV world in 2006, the film is actually an ITV Granada production for BBC Wales. It’s described as “a visceral, sexy and bold re-telling of Bram Stoker’s classic chiller which will blow the cobwebs off traditional period drama – it’s emotionally hugely powerful and genuinely terrifying”.
Producer Trevor Hopkins says: “Stewart Harcourt’s script paints a compelling and intelligent new adaptation of this classic story which penetrates the surface of Victorian society and plunges us into the dark heart of Dracula.
“Focusing on the story of the syphilitic young Lord Holmwood, who unwittingly unleashes the horror of Dracula on himself and his young virgin bride, this adaptation promises a perfectly scary, very sexy chiller, ideal for a dark winter night.”
Although many viewers may identify Marc as Hustle’s Danny Blue, he has an impressive and very long list of TV credits. They include a recent guest role alongside Peter Kay in an episode of Doctor Who and other hit dramas like State of Play.
He’s also been a regular visitor to Manchester to work on dramas such as Vincent and Clocking Off – playing an arrogant young policeman – as well as Life on Mars.
Marc loves what he does and is very good at it. He told me after filming the first series of Hustle how he never tires of listening to the stories of his veteran American screen partner Robert Vaughn, the last of The Magnificent Seven and star of sixties TV hit The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
“One of my movie heroes is Steve McQueen. The fact that he had worked with him on numerous occasions was amazing,” said Marc.
“For my leaving card, Robert gave me the classic photo of McQueen from The Great Escape. Inside he’d written, ‘My Dearest Marc, we were very drunk the night before this shot was taken. He had to work. I went to bed. He is no more and as Sondheim said – I’m still here.’ It really blew me away.”