Morrissey to topline new Sky1 series
Published Mar 2 2010, 10:32 GMT | By Dan French David Morrissey
has signed up to star in Sky1's adaptation of Mark Billingham's novels.
Morrissey will star in the title role as DI Tom Thorne in Thorne: Sleepyhead
and Thorne: Scaredy Cat
, which will air as a six-part drama series this autumn.
"I am delighted to be bringing Tom Thorne to the screen," said Morrissey. "Having been a fan of Mark Billingham's books for years, it's a great privilege to be able to play such an exciting character.
"I'm also chuffed to be reunited with Stephen Hopkins who is one of the best directors I've had the pleasure of working with."
Sky1's commissioning editor Huw Kennair-Jones added: "We're really excited to be bringing Mark Billingham's iconic Tom Thorne to life here on Sky1 and it's a testament to the ambitions of the channel that we've secured such a fantastic line up both on and off screen.
"The combination of Mark Billingham, Stephen Hopkins and an amazing cast headed by David Morrissey means that Thorne is going to be a brilliantly original detective series that'll constantly astound and surprise the audience - it's going to be incredible."
Production on Sleepyhead
commenced in London today, with Scaredy Cat
due to begin in April.