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Christopher Eccleston in ‘The Fuse’: First Look - picture

Published Thursday, Nov 10 2011, 09:01 GMT | By Catriona Wightman |

A photograph of Christopher Eccleston filming his new BBC One drama The Fuse has been released.

The drama, penned by Lark Rise to Candleford writer Bill Gallagher, stars Eccleston as a council official who has become increasingly disillusioned over the years.

After an alcohol-fuelled night, Eccleston’s character Daniel realises that he may be responsible for a murder, just as an act of redemption raises his public profile and lands him in the race for Mayor.

The release of the photograph comes as it emerged that Dervla Kirwan has joined the cast as Daniel’s wife Alex, while Ewen Bremner will play council official Jerry.

Lyndsey Marshal will star as Daniel’s sister Lucy, Andrew Scott will play a detective on Daniel’s trail and MyAnna Buring will appear as the detective’s wife.

Also joining the show are Branka Katic, who will play a nurse, and Rebecca Callard, who stars as the daughter of the murdered man.

Eccleston has said that he is “very excited” about the role, describing the show as “a fantastic four episode drama about obsession, addiction and redemption”.

Gallagher is also currently working on a period drama for the BBC and ITV’s series Love Life, which will star Downton Abbey’s Rob James-Collier.

Filming for The Fuse has already started and will take place in Liverpool and Manchester. The show is due to air on BBC One in Spring 2012.


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