ITV Greenlights ‘Lucan’ Starring Christopher Eccleston and Michael Gambon

ITV has commissioned a two-part drama Lucan based on the life of the “flamboyant aristocrat” and potential murderer Lucan and his mysterious disappearance. Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) will star as Lucan, while former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston will take on the role of John Aspinall. Acclaimed actor Michael Gambon (The Harry Potter franchise) will also star in the series.

Written by Jeff Pope and based on the book The Gamblers by John Pearson, Lucan will focus in on the aristocrat’s time with infamous Clermont set and his troubled marriage with Veronica, the Countess of Lucan. As their marriage fell apart, Lucan became increasingly fixated on gaining custody of their children, until one night in 1974 the children’s nanny Sandra Rivett was violently murdered in the family’s basement. Many believe that Lucan mistook Sandra for his wife, but since he has evaded capture for four decades the truth remains unknown. The two-part series will delve deep into the events leading up to that night and attempt to depict Lucan’s escape.

“The story of Lord Lucan continues to mystify and intrigue us,” said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, in a statement. “Jeff’s reputation for award-winning factual drama goes before him and these new scripts offer a compelling insight into the events surrounding Lucan’s disappearance.”

Filming on Lucan begins this August in London.