Sky Living has announced the commission of The Enfield Haunting, a new supernatural drama about the terrifying and bizarre real events that took place at an ordinary house in Enfield during the autumn of 1977.
The three-part dramatisation is adapted from Guy Lyon Playfair’s book, This House is Haunted, and draws on extensive documentation, recordings and witness statements.
The incident is the most documented account of poltergeist activity in British history.
The Enfield Haunting will star Timothy Spall as Maurice Grosse, a rookie paranormal researcher; Juliet Stevenson as his wife Betty; and Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street) as Guy Lyon Playfair, an experienced investigator who approaches the case with scepticism.
Matthew Macfadyen commented: “I’m very pleased and excited to be a part of this strange, unsettling and really quite moving story – and especially pleased to be working again with the brilliant Tim Spall.”
Timothy Spall added: “I am very pleased to be taking part in The Enfield Haunting. Not only is it based on a supernatural happening, it is also a brilliant script that is full of emotional texture and develops beautifully into a human story.”
Executive producer Jamie Campbell teased: “Bringing this terrifying and rich story to a drama audience for the first time, with access to the exhaustive source material, has been truly exciting. We have a stellar team, and a great dramatic conundrum: what on earth was behind the many strange and other-worldly incidents that took place in Enfield in the late 1970s? One thing’s clear: anyone who thinks that we live in a world unaffected by the supernatural should watch this series and reconsider.”
Directed by Kristoffer Nyholm (The Killing) and written by Joshua St Johnston (Sweeney Todd), The Enfield Haunting begins filming in London this autumn.
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