New Jim Bergerac announced in reboot of classic 1980s show

Damien Molony. Credit: UKTV (38540333)

AN Irish actor who has starred in several BBC shows will be the new Jim Bergerac in a reboot of the classic series.

Damien Molony said he was “incredibly excited” about stepping into the leading role, which John Nettles played in the 1980s show created by Robert Banks Stewart.

The new six-episode series – commissioned by BBC-owned broadcaster UKTV – will be directed by Peaky Blinders director Colm McCarthy.

Filming is to begin this month at locations in Jersey and the UK.

Mr Molony, who has appeared in the BBC’s Being Human and Ripper Street, said: “John Nettles has left an incredible legacy with big shoes to fill, and I hope I can bring a fresh new take on this iconic character. I can’t wait for audiences to join me on this journey.”

The new Bergerac cast. Credit: UKTV. (38540331)

Other cast members announced on Sunday include Zoe Wanamaker (My Family), who will play the role of Jim’s mother-in-law Charlie Hungerford in a change from the original series, alongside Philip Glenister (Life on Mars) as Arthur Wakefield.

Bergerac is being produced by BlackLight TV, part of Banijay UK, and Jersey-based Westward Studios with support from Visit Jersey. The series is being written by Toby Whithouse – whose portfolio includes writing for Doctor Who – alongside Brian Fillis, Catherine Tregenna and Polly Buckle.

The new Bergerac cast. Credit: UKTV. (38540329)

The show will be available on free to air channel U&DRAMA and free streaming service U next year.

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