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Christopher Eccleston And Mackenzie Crook Are ‘Accused’

BBC One has announced a new six-part drama series entitled Accused to debut later this year. Produced by RSJ Films, the producers behind The Street, each hour-long episode focuses on a single individual just before he is sentenced for a crime. As the hour unfolds we discover the details that lead to them being accused and if they deserve the sentence they get.

Christopher Eccleston stars in the first episode, “Willy’s Story,” written by Jimmy McGovern. Eccleston plays lapsed Catholic Willy, who is a good plumber and a loving father, but he fails to be a faithful husband. Just when Willy is about to confess to his wife Carmel, played by Pooky Quesnel, his daughter announces she’s getting married. Willy’s guilty secret must wait while pressure from all sides keeps growing. He is about to implode when he finds something in the back of a cab and it’s either the answer to his prayers or the beginning of his downfall.

Mackenzie Crook stars as Buckley in “The Soldier Story,” also written by Jimmy McGovern. Buckley is a man you need on your side if you are to survive. Benjamin Smith and Ben Batt play Frankie Nash and Peter McShane respectively, two friends who join the British army. Soon they are on the frontline in Afghanistan where they learn that not obeying orders has deadly consequences, and that the enemy are not necessarily who you think they are. Robert Pugh plays Peter McShane Senior, an army veteran who is proud to have a son in the military keeping the family tradition alive.

Jimmy McGovern says: “In the time it takes to climb the steps to the court we tell the story of how the accused came to be here. We see the crime and we see the punishment. Nothing else. No police procedure, thanks very much, no coppers striding along corridors with coats flapping. Just crime and punishment – the two things that matter most in any crime drama. It’s great to work with Chris again and I’ve often tried in the past to get Mackenzie into something of mine. And needless to say, it’s wonderful to reunite the team that made The Street.”

Polly Hill, BBC Commissioning Editor, adds: “After three wonderful, award-winning series of The Street, we are thrilled the same team are making Accused for BBC One. The first commission for RSJ Films, Jimmy McGovern, Sita Williams and Roxy Spencer, together with David Blair, continue to make drama that is relevent, challenging and above all moving. I’m sure this will prove to be a real treat for the BBC One audience.”

Filming on the series begins on May 30th and continues through the end of August. Casting, titles and descriptions for the remaining four episodes will be announced shortly. The directors for the series are David Blair (The Street) on episodes 1, 2, 5 and 6, and Richard Laxton (An Englishman In New York) on episodes 3 and 4. Accused was commissioned by BBC One Controller Jay Hunt, and Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning, and is executive produced for the BBC by Polly Hill, Commissioning Editor, Independent Drama. Sita Williams is the producer and executive producer for RSJ Films.

First Image Of Eccleston As Lennon

The BBC has released the first look at Christopher Eccleston as John Lennon from the forthcoming biopic Lennon Naked. Airing this spring on BBC Four, Lennon Naked spotlights John Lennon’s transition from Beatle to enduring and enigmatic icon. From the moment this was announced I thought that Eccleston was an inspired choice to portray the legendary musician and the image below only heightens that. No further details at this point, but Pop Culture Zoo will bring you further information as we get it so stay tuned!

Christopher Eccleston Channels John Lennon

Along with the news about Brian Blessed being cast as Henry VIII in modern day comes word that former ninth Doctor and Destro actor Christopher Eccleston will be portraying John Lennon during a rapidly changing four years in the musician’s life, 1967-1971. Former Torchwood star Naoko Mori will be playing Yoko Ono. The BBC released quite a bit of information about this production and we have it all for you below. We will definitely be following this production and will bring you more details as they become available.

Christopher Eccleston is to star in Lennon Naked, a major one-off drama from Blast! Films for BBC Four.

Lennon Naked charts his transition from “Beatle John” to enduring and enigmatic icon. It covers a period of wildly fluctuating fortunes from 1967-71; a time of worldwide adulation at one extreme, a combination of frustration and despair at the other.

Writer Robert Jones articulates the burden of genius, as well as issues of fatherhood and fame in this 90-minute film.

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says: “Securing Christopher Eccleston to play John Lennon is further testament to the calibre of drama on BBC Four. The Women We Loved season currently on air is attracting record audiences and the channel is steadily building a reputation for portraying some of this country’s best loved icons.”

Richard Klein, Controller, BBC Four, says: “BBC Four is the place where dramas look to explore that space between artists’ public works and private lives, shedding light on the artistic process while offering intelligent entertainment.”

When The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein died unexpectedly in 1967, it was a turning point in John Lennon’s life. The film focuses on the turbulent and intense period of change that followed, and how John was haunted by his troubled childhood.

The film reveals the impact of re-establishing contact with his long lost father Freddie and the events that led John to shed everything both personally and creatively – from divorcing his long-suffering wife Cynthia, to changing his name and ultimately calling time on The Beatles.

Meeting Yoko Ono was the catalyst for this new era and the film explores the development of their extraordinary relationship. Together they experimented with both the musical and artistic avant garde but in doing so become outsiders.

It looks at their growing disillusionment with Britain and what caused John to abandon the UK to start a new life in America. A process that included John harnessing the power of radical Primal Scream psychotherapy to lay the ghosts of his past and go on to record arguably the most powerful solo work of his career.

Key cast also include Christopher Fairbank as Freddie Lennon, Naoko Mori as Yoko Ono, Claudie Blakley as Cynthia Lennon, Rory Kinnear as Brian Epstein, Allan Corduner at Art Janov, Michael Colgan as Derek Taylor and Andrew Scott as Paul McCartney.

Lennon Naked is currently filming in London; the 90-minute drama is written by Robert Jones (The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Party Animals) and will air in 2010. The director and co-producer is Edmund Coulthard (Tales From Pleasure Beach, Soundproof); co- producer is Katherine Lannon (The Secret Life Of Mrs Beeton, The History Of Mr Polly) for Blast! Films, and BBC executive producer is Kate Evans.

Commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning and Richard Klein, Controller, BBC Four.