SEAN of the DEAD

SEAN BEAN res­ur­rects re­gency de­tec­tive john Mar­lott for a ter­ri­fy­ing re­venge mis­sion

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VIEW­ERS WERE LEFT stunned by the fi­nale of the first se­ries of

The Franken­stein Chron­i­cles, which left in­trepid Lon­don de­tec­tive John Mar­lott, played by Sean Bean, in the most grue­some of cir­cum­stances.

Hav­ing fi­nally dis­cov­ered schem­ing no­ble­man Daniel Her­vey (Ed Stop­pard) had been killing lo­cal chil­dren, then us­ing their body parts for med­i­cal ex­per­i­ments, Mar­lott was framed for mur­der and sent to the gal­lows.

In an added twist, Her­vey then brought Mar­lott back from the dead in a sin­is­ter re­an­i­ma­tion ex­per­i­ment that saw the in­spec­tor’s head at­tached to some­one else’s body parts.

As the Gothic thriller re­turns for a sec­ond, six-part se­ries, the ac­tion has moved on three years. Now chained up inside Lon­don’s Beth­lem Hos­pi­tal, Mar­lott is strug­gling to re­mem­ber who – or what – he is, but he knows he wants re­venge on Her­vey.

We caught up with Bean to find out what’s in store…

WHERE DO WE RE­JOIN MAR­LOTT?

He’s now in Bedlam, and he’s been there for a few years. But he’s not quite sure why he’s there, or even who he is. He’s ut­terly lost and suf­fer­ing from hor­ri­ble vi­sions.

WHAT HAP­PENS WHEN HE RE­ALISES HE’S NO LONGER MOR­TAL?

He be­gins to claw back his mem­o­ries and wants re­venge on Her­vey, but he finds there’s a host of prob­lems in his way. Her­vey has got his fin­ger in ev­ery pie, along with Home Sec­re­tary Robert Peel [Tom Ward] and a new char­ac­ter, Ger­man aris­to­crat Fred­er­ick Dip­ple [Lau­rence Fox]. They’re a bad set, and they wield so much power that Mar­lott has to be care­ful.

HOW EVIL ARE DIP­PLE AND HER­VEY?

I don’t think they’re both be­ing bad for the sake of it. They have burn­ing de­sires to push for­ward with their sci­en­tific en­deav­ours, which con­sume them, but they’re not putting their dis­cov­er­ies to good use. Dip­ple has a very in­ter­est­ing jour­ney, and when Mar­lott meets him, he dis­cov­ers he’s not the first per­son to have cheated death some­how.

HOW IS MAR­LOTT DIF­FER­ENT AF­TER HIS RE­AN­I­MA­TION?

He’s def­i­nitely stronger, so when he has to de­fend him­self, it’s bru­tal. He’s also more in­tel­li­gent and per­cep­tive, and he can see the dead. But the strange and un­for­tu­nate thing is that he can’t see his own de­ceased fam­ily. He’s cursed in that way.

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE NEW CHAR­AC­TERS HE EN­COUN­TERS?

Mar­lott feels at home with out­siders and finds friends in seam­stress Es­ther Rose [Maeve Der­mody] and gravedig­ger Spence [Fran­cis Magee].

THE DE­PIC­TION OF 1830S LON­DON IS GLO­RI­OUSLY GLOOMY AND GORY. WAS IT A TOUGH SHOOT?

I did get cov­ered in blood a lot – buck­et­fuls of it! Last se­ries, we con­cen­trated on set­ting up char­ac­ters, pol­i­tics and so­cial struc­ture, whereas there’s now more pas­sion and heart­break. But you can ex­pect sur­real im­ages and scenes. If you want hor­ror, you’re go­ing to get it.

SEAN BEAN AS THE HOS­PI­TALISED JOHN MAR­LOTT SEAN BEAN AS MAR­LOTT (TOP) AND ED STOP­PARD AS HER­VEY (LEFT) AND LAU­RENCE FOX AS DIP­PLE

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