Ray Winstone will be taking the lead in Sky’s brand new family drama Moonfleet. Originally written in the 19th century, Moonfleet is a tale of smuggling by the English novelist J. Meade Falkner.
Adapted for screen by Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes), this two-part adaptation of the much loved JM Falkner novel is set in the small Dorset village of Moonfleet. In the story, young John Trenchard (Aneurin Barnard) is desperate to join the local band of smugglers led by Elzevir Block (Winstone).
Together they embark on an adventure full of action, friendship and humour, and hunt for a fabled lost diamond. Their journey takes them from 18th Century Dorset, to the Jewel quarter of The Hague and on to a gripping, final sea voyage.
Newcomer Sophie Cookson joins the cast as John’s first love, Grace who is also the daughter of Moonfleet’s anti-smuggling magistrate, Mohune, played by Ben Chaplin (Mad Dogs, Dorian Gray). Omid Djalili (Gladiator) will appear as diamond merchant, Aldobrand, and Martin Trenaman (The Inbetweeners) as the Turnkey. Lorcan Cranitch (Silent Witness, Cracker) and Anthony Ofoegbu (Spooks, The Bill) play Elzevir’s fellow smugglers, Meech and Loder.
Moonfleet will air exclusively on Sky 1 HD later this year