Mary Shelly’s classic tale Frankenstein gets a fresh new twist later this month as literature�s most infamous creator, Dr Victor Frankenstein, is re-born in the 21st Century as a female biologist for ITV1.
Helen McCrory (Becoming Jane, The Queen) is Victoria Frankenstein, the female scientist whose controversial research ultimately spawns a monster. Joining her are James Purefoy (Rome,Vanity Fair) and Lindsay Duncan (Starter for Ten, Longford).
The reworked take by Jed Mercurio sees Shelley�s 19th century snow-filled original warning of the dangers of the over ambition of modern man become a tale of a thoroughly modern 21st Century scientist conducting ground breaking but highly controversial work in the field of stem cell research and medical biotechnology.
Victoria’s obsessive drive to control cell growth for multi-organ generation and transplant however comes not from the desire for fame and adulation, but to save her dying son William. Maddened by grief and desperation, Victoria secretly takes a sample of his blood and incorporates it into her research programme, the Universal Xenograft Project.
In the confines of a purpose built tank in the Graft Lab, the cells grow at an extraordinarily accelerated rate. And as they diversify, mutate and re-form, Victoria realises with horror that she is no longer in control of the experiment; that the UX is breeding its own bio-organism and it�s alive!
Mercurio says it was “a privilege to adapt an iconic classic and also to be given the opportunity to do so in the most original possible way”
9pm Wednesday 24th October 2007 on ITV1