Sin­is­ter tale to ter­rify all

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THE FRANKEN­STEIN CHRON­I­CLES ITV, 10.45pm DARK and creepy, this at­mo­spheric hor­ror drama stars Sean Bean as an in­spec­tor in Ge­or­gian G Lon­don. And it be­gins as it means to go on, in ut­ter misery.

Bean, as In­spec­tor John Mar­lott, is in a row­ing boat at night in tor­ren­tial rain on the Thames. It’s 1827 and pre­sum­ably p fight­ing crim­i­nals mid-cross­ing was stan­dard po­lice fare at that time.

But it gets worse. Mar­lott dis­cov­ers the corpse of a child that has been stitched up in lots of places and is ly­ing on the bank of the river.

A word of warn­ing – there’s a mo­ment in the first few min­utes that might just make you jump a mile out of your skin.

“I’ve seen mur­der be­fore, sir, but noth­ing like this,” Mar­lott tells the pathol­o­gist.

The doc­tor then re­veals that the corpse is ac­tu­ally the re­assem­bled parts of sev­eral chil­dren.

Mar­lott is as­signed to work within the of­fices of Bow Street by Sir Robert Peel to in­ves­ti­gate who is re­spon­si­ble. Is the mur­der a po­lit­i­cal move to squash Peel’s Anatomy Act or are the ru­mours of a more sin­is­ter Smith­field mon­ster true?

Yes, this is all very grue­some and it hasn’t even got go­ing yet.

In­cor­po­rat­ing el­e­ments of de­tec­tive thriller and hor­ror genre, with Mar­lott the ad­mirable hero, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

Sean Bean is bril­liant as usual, and is sup­ported by a great cast in­clud­ing Anna Maxwell Martin, Char­lie Creed-Miles, Ed Stop­pard, El­liot Cowan, Stu­art Gra­ham, Vanessa Kirby and Kate Dickie.

Be­ware – it’s a chill­ing tale that may give you sleep­less nights.

GRUE­SOME DIS­COV­ERY In­spec­tor John Mar­lott

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