BSkyB Taps Cannes Winner Timothy Spall, 'The Killing' Director for Thriller

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Three-part supernatural drama 'The Enfield Haunting' will also feature 'Ripper Street' star Matthew Macfadyen

U.K. pay TV giant BSkyB has unveiled a new drama for its Sky Living channel that will star big-name British talent and be directed by one of the driving forces behind Danish hit series The Killing.

Timothy Spall, who triumphed at this year's Cannes by winning the best actor award for Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, will take the lead in The Enfield Haunting, a three-part poltergeist drama based on real events that took place in a house in North London in 1977.

Spall will play Maurice Grosse, a rookie paranormal researcher, while Oliver Award-wining actress and BAFTA-nominee Juliet Stevenson (Emma, Bend it like Beckham, Mona Lisa Smile), will play his wife Betty. Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street, Frost/Nixon) will star as Guy Lyon Playfair, a skeptical investigator and the author of the book This House is Haunted from which the drama is adapted.

Kristoffer Nyhold, who directed 12 episodes from the first two seasons of the acclaimed Danish version of crime drama The Killing as well as storylining the entire series, has been brought on board to direct, with screenplays by Joshua St. Johnson (Walking on Sunshine, Sweeney Todd).

"It’s a brilliant script that is full of emotional texture and develops beautifully into a human story," said Spall in a statement.

The Enfield Haunting is being made by U.K. production house Eleven Film, behind the upcoming crime series Glue on Channel 4’s youth channel E4. Eleven recently signed a first-look deal with eOne.

Sky says the supernatural drama will form the "cornerstone" of Sky Living’s schedule for spring 2015 and follows the Jonathan Rhys Meyers-starring drama Dracula which concluded earlier this year, having first premiered on NBC in October 2013. Produced by Downton Abbey creators Carnival Films, Dracula ran for 10 episodes before being axed by NBC.

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