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Published on July 3rd, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett

Drug Doctor

Christopher Eccleston is due to be back on the small screen again with his latest role – playing a drug dealer.

Former Doctor Who Christopher EcclestonFilming of the new BBC 2 drama The Shadow Line begins this month in the Isle of Man where Chris will play a character who goes for one last make-or-break-deal.

The six part series will be shown next year and will revolve around the of the death of underworld figure Jay Wratten (Rafe Spall) and how this effects the lives of those left behind.  According to the article it’s a story of interlocking lives, so could we be expecting a Pulp Fiction kind of tale? The BBC commented:

The Shadow Line explores the morality of these characters as they negotiate the repercussions of Wratten’s death, and attempt to navigate the fine line between right and wrong.”

Also starring alongside Eccleston are names such as Chiwetel Ejiofor Sir Antony Sher, Stephen Rea and Lesley Sharp.

Ben Stephenson, BBC controller for drama commissioning, remarked:

“Chiwetel and Chris are two of our finest actors and we couldn’t be more excited to have them, and the rest of the amazing cast, on board for this original and epic six-hour series.”

This isn’t the first time that Christopher Eccleston has played a shady character, in 2002 he played a nasty piece of work in Gone in Sixty Seconds alongside Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie, while more recently he played the arms dealer James McCullen/Destro in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

The new role comes only weeks after Eccleston portrayed John Lennon in a BBC Four film.

(PA)

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