Robin Hood actor Jonas Armstrong to star in BBC drama The Whale
Tuesday 09 April 2013
Robin Hood actor Jonas Armstrong will star in a 90-minute drama based on the events which inspired the literary classic Moby Dick.
The actor will appear in BBC One's The Whale, which chronicles the last voyage of The Essex which was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the southern Pacific Ocean in 1820.
The programme, which is being filmed in Malta, follows the ship's voyage through the eyes of the cabin boy Thomas Nickerson who, at 14, was the youngest member of the crew and one of only eight survivors of the shipwreck.
Before his death in 1883, Nickerson wrote a detailed account of his experiences which inspired Herman Melville to write his famous novel and will form the basis of the programme.
The film's writer Terry Cafolla said: "At the emotional heart of the drama is orphan Nickerson's coming-of-age story where he meets three powerful male role models in the captain, the first mate, and a steward. As the narrative develops his views on what makes a man switches dramatically as he sees how these role models respond under some of life's most extreme pressures."
Published in 1851, Melville's novel told of Captain Ahab and his crew on the Pequod as they tracked a ferocious whale across the ocean.
TVBBC hopes latest Danish import will spell success
tvU2’s latest record has been accused of promoting sex between men
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
- 4 Uploading pictures to find out how old you are gives Microsoft the right to post them wherever they want
- 5 Royal baby born: Unsuspecting parents walk out of the Lindo Wing to be greeted by media circus
Grace Dent on TV: Peter Kay's Car Share actually made me laugh out loud
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
London Marathon: Best running songs from Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar to 'Uptown Funk'
The highly NSFW poster for Gaspar Noé's Love makes Nymphomaniac look like 50 Shades
New on Netflix UK in May 2015: From Fast & Furious 6 to World War Z and Grace and Frankie
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns