You may be curious to know what Christopher Eccleston has been doing to keep his stomach filled lately.Â The Guardian has reported that the former Doctor is set to have another lead role on a BBC1 drama called Accused.Â Having recently wrapped a portrayal of a nude John Lennon in the appropriately-titled Lennon Naked, alongside Torchwoodâ€™s Naoko Mori, Eccleston is now set to play an adulterous plumber in a six-episode program produced by Sita Williams, with each installment focusing on a different central character.
Jimmy McGovern will write the series. He previously worked with Eccleston on Cracker, sand uggested to The Guardian that the new show will contain minimal fluff and will progress straight to the point with each story:
“We see the crime and we see the punishment. Nothing else. No police procedure, thanks very much, no coppers striding along corridors with coats flapping. Just crime and punishment â€“ the two things that matter most in any crime drama.”
Eccleston recently commented to the Radio Times on his more long-term ambitions, expressing interest in showing off his less serious side sometime soon:
â€œI would actually like to do comedy for the rest of my life and surprise everyone and myself.”
Sounds intriguing indeed, but it looks like weâ€™ve got at least one more Eccleston drama to go before weâ€™re allowed a taste of his sense of humor.
Filming of Accused beganÂ this monthÂ and is scheduled to continue until August.Â Production on Ecclestonâ€™s story will commence later this month and serve as one of the first two episodes of the series.