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Christopher Eccleston to play drug lord for BBC

Christopher Eccleston as Dr Who

Story by Jack Foley

CHRISTOPHER Eccleston is to play a drug lord in new BBC thriller, The Shadow Line.

The former Doctor Who, who recently won widespread acclaim for playing John Lennon in the BBC’s Lennon Naked, will be joined in the cast by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sir Antony Sher and Stephen Rea.

Described as a “noir thriller”, the six-part series will look at the impact of an underworld figure on a wide range of characters. It’s written, produced and directed by Hugo Blick, whose previous work includes Rob Brydon series Marion and Geoff.

Rafe Spall (Desperate Romantics), Kierston Wareing (Fish Tank, Five Daughters) and Lesley Sharp (Playing the Field) also feature among the strong ensemble cast.

Announcing the cast, Ben Stephenson, BBC controller for drama commissioning, commented: “I am thrilled that we have attracted such world-class talent to Hugo Blick’s thrilling scripts. Chiwetel and Chris are two of our finest actors and we couldn’t be more excited to have them, and the rest of the amazing cast, on board for this original and epic six-hour series.”

Filming will take place on the Isle of Man this month with a view to the series being screened next year.