Caught up on Broadchurch, The Fall, Peaky Blinders and Utopia? Need a new fix for your well-cast British series addiction? Join me in a little dance around the telly, for our wish has been fulfilled by Sky Atlantic’s upcoming 12-part twisty mystery, Fortitude. Described as “unsettling and claustrophobic;” an arctic set Twin Peaks-ish whodunnit, the series features Who and Leftovers favorite, Christopher Eccleston as Professor Stoddart, a biologist at the Fortitude Arctic Research Centre, and Stanley Tucci (in his “first British television role) as DCI Morton.
Like Broadchurch’s Dorset setting, Fortitude is a small, tight-knit community thrown into chaos by a violent murder and subsequent investigation, led by Richard Dormer’s Sheriff Dan Anderssen.
The international cast includes Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing [original Danish series]) as Fortitude governor, Hildur Odegard, Nicholas Pinnock as Fortitude’s chief search and rescue pilot, Frank Sutter, Luke Treadaway as scientist, Vincent Rattrey, Jessica Raine as scientist, Jules Sutter, Verónica Echegui as Elena Ledesma, Johnny Harris as Ronnie Morgan, and Sir Michael Gambon as dying photographer, Henry Tyson.
And here’s a behind the scenes look at filming (in Eskifjördur, Iceland) with cast and crew, including Game of Thrones’ production designer Gemma Jackson, and producer Matthew Bird (Blackout, Bedlam, Anna Karenina):
p.s. Eccleston thinks he’s a Viking.
Created and written by Simon Donald (Beautiful Creatures, Low Winter Sun), Fortitude begins January 29, 2015 on Sky Atlantic (UK) and Pivot (US). Don’t even try to pretend you can resist.