– Sky 1 have released a trailer for their upcoming pirate epic, Moonfleet, based on the novel by J. Meade Falkner. The two part drama has been adapted by Life on Mars’ Ashley Pharoah and tells the story of a young man from Dorset who is plagued by recurring dreams of Blackbeard’s lost treasure and joins a local band of smugglers in order to find the infamous pirate’s fabled lost horde. It stars Aneurin Barnard (The White Queen), Ray Winstone (The Sweeney) and Omid Djalili (The Mummy). Take a look below:
– The History Channel announced this week that they would be producing a mini-series called Hannibal, based on the life of the legendary general from Carthage (and not to be confused with NBC’s serial killer drama). Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener) has penned the project which will be Executive Produced by Halle Berry (X-Men). Speaking about the project, Berry said, “Hannibal was not only the greatest African general to ever live, he may have been the greatest general, period.”
– Following last week’s exciting trailer, comes the news that BBC One’s The Great Train Robbery will be shown from 8pm on Wednesday 18th December. The two part drama tells the story of the famous heist from both perspectives, firstly of the robbers and then of the cops. Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) has written the script which also stars Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge), Luke Evans (The Three Musketeers) and Robert Glenister (Life on Mars).
– Another date for the diaries is 9pm, Saturday 18th January, when FOX UK will be airing IFC’s The Spoils of Babylon, based on the novel by Eric Jonrosh. The series follows the lives of the enigmatic Morehouse family over the space of a hundred years and charts their journey from the oil fields of Texas to a life of luxury in New York. The six part mini-series stars Jessica Alba (Sin City), Will Ferrell (Anchorman), Tobey Maguire (Spiderman), Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Haley Joel Osmont (The Sixth Sense).
– Lastly, ITV have released a trailer for their upcoming two-part drama, Lucan, starring Rory Kinnear (The Hollow Crown) as the infamous Lord Lucan who promptly vanished after being accused of beating his children’s nanny to death. The series is based on real life events and will focus on the time surrounding that night in 1974 when nanny, Sandra Rivett, was murdered in the basement of his luxury London house. The series has been written by Jeff Pope (Mrs. Biggs) and also stars Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) and Catherine McCormack (Lights Out). You can have a look below: