Heavyweight acting talents Timothy Spall, Matthew Macfadyen and Juliet Stevenson are to star in a major new three part supernatural drama on Sky Living directed by The Killing helmsman Kristoffer Nyholm, RadioTimes.com can reveal.
The Enfield Haunting will tell the story of the spooky “real events” purported to have happened in a house in Enfield in autumn 1977 – one of the most documented accounts of poltergeist activity in British history. Adapted from Guy Lyon Playfair’s book, This House is Haunted, the “terrifying and rich story” draws on extensive witness statements, recordings and documentation from the time.
Timothy Spall, who recently claimed the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his part in Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, will star in the drama as Maurice Grosse, a rookie paranormal researcher drawn to the house on Green Street in Enfield after a recent tragedy in his life. He is joined in his quest to investigate the strange incidents at the address by his wife Betty, played by Bafta nominated actress Juliet Stevenson.
Ripper Street’s Matthew Macfadyen plays author of the original book, Guy Lyon Playfair, a sceptical but experienced investigator who helps Maurice and Betty understand that in order to solve this mystery they will first have to make peace with the many ghosts that haunt their lives.
“I am very pleased to be taking part in The Enfield Haunting” said Timothy Spall. “Not only is it based on a supernatural happening, it is also a brilliant script that is full of emotional texture and develops beautifully into a human story. I am very much looking forward to working with the excellent team Sky Living and Eleven Film have assembled.”
Added Macfadyen: “I’m very pleased and excited to be a part of this strange, unsettling and really quite moving story – and especially pleased to be working again with the brilliant Tim Spall.”
This major original commission represents the latest move by Sky Living to refocus the channel’s gaze onto compelling storytelling, and follows two series of supernatural drama Bedlam, and last year’s big budget 10-part NBC co-production of Dracula starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Antonia Hurford-Jones, Director, Sky Living, described The Enfield Haunting as “the very definition of my ambition to bring the best and most compelling stories to Sky Living.
“I am so proud that the first class acting talent of Timothy Spall, Matthew Macfadyen and Juliet Stevenson combined with the directing brilliance of Kristoffer Nyholm are coming together to bring this incredible story, based on real events , to life on Living. The Enfield Haunting, with its emotionally rich characters, strong storytelling and powerful supernatural core, is sure to keep our customers in suspense and will set the standard of original scripted drama on Sky Living.”
It is understood that filming has already begun on the project in London, with the drama set to form the cornerstone of Sky Living’s Spring 2015 schedule.