John Thomson & Sarah Hadland Cast In Moonstone

BBC One has announced that John Thomson (Cold Feet) and Sarah Hadland (Miranda) are to lead Rachel Flowerday’s (Father Brown) five part adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ 19th century mystery novel The Moonstone, to air on BBC One Daytime later this year.

The Moonstone, a priceless Indian diamond which had been brought to England as spoils of war, is given to Rachel Verinder (Terenia Edwards) on her eighteenth birthday. That very night, the stone is stolen. Sergeant Cuff (John Thomson) is called in, and with the help of Betteredge (Leo Wringer), the mystery of the missing stone is solved.

Sarah Hadland plays the pious Miss Clack, and is joined by Joshua Silver as Franklin Blake, Sophie Ward as Lady Verinder, Stewart Clarke as Godfrey Ablewhite, and David Calder as Mr Bruff.

John Thomson says: “The Moonstone is a classic novel, and this has all the makings of classic TV. I’ve worked on a wonderful variety of projects over the years, but I’ve secretly always wanted to be part of a big BBC One costume drama. The Moonstone is exactly that and I’m incredibly excited to be in it.”

Sarah Hadland adds: “I am SO excited to be playing the fantastically named and appallingly behaved Miss Drusilla Clack… She sees herself as a devout Christian and ‘do gooder’, always thinking of others… however she is actually an interfering, manipulative little busybody who has an unholy obsession with Godfrey Ablewhite.”

Filming on The Moonstone began today in Yorkshire.