Written by Gwyneth Hughes (The Girl, Five Days), the three-part series will star Palin as Tom Parfitt, a frail, old Yorkshireman seemingly alone in the world, whose admittance to a nursing home triggers a series of inexplicable events.
Palin commented: “This is my first lead role in a TV drama series since G.B.H. It’s also a return to Yorkshire, where I was born, brought up and learnt my acting in amateur dramatics. I was attracted to Remember Me not only by the northern setting, but also by a good, strong challenging role, something I could really get what remains of my teeth into… I’ve always loved ghost stories, so playing the lead in one is a very exciting prospect.”
The official synopsis reveals: “On the day elderly Tom Parfitt leaves his home to move into residential care, he becomes the sole witness to a violent death. Teenage care assistant Hannah (My Mad Fat Diary‘s Jodie Comer) and investigating police detective Rob Fairholme (Atlantis‘s Mark Addy), try to unravel the riddle of his mysterious history, and are drawn into an eerie and dangerous world of lost love and betrayal.”
The cast also includes Julia Sawalha (Larkrise To Candleford) as Hannah’s troubled mother Jan Ward with Mina Anwar (The Thin Blue Line) as Tom’s neighbour Roshana Salim.
Controller of BBC One, Charlotte Moore, commented: “It’s a real coup for us that Michael Palin has chosen to make his return to a leading role for the first time in over 20 years on BBC One, and a testament to Gwyneth Hughes’ hauntingly brilliant script.”
Executive producer Rebecca Keane added: “Gwyn is one of the UK’s most accomplished writers and Remember Me is a strikingly original supernatural story. With the hugely impressive young actor Jodie Comer joining Mark Addy and Michael Palin in the key roles, we’re confident this will be a very special drama.”
Remember Me will air on BBC One later this year and starts filming this week in Huddersfield and Scarborough.
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