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Jonas Armstrong to lead new BBC One drama 'The Whale'

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Jonas Armstrong is to star in a new BBC One drama about the events that inspired Moby Dick.

The Whale - written by Terry Cafolla (Messiah) - is a one-off 90-minute film following the ill-fated voyage of The Essex.

Jonas Armstrong on set for 'The Whale'

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Jonas Armstrong on set for 'The Whale'



Thomas Nickerson - who, at 14, was one of only eight survivors of the shipwreck - wrote a detailed account of his experiences, which later inspired Herman Melville to write his classic novel Moby Dick.

Robin Hood star Armstrong will play First Mate Owen Chase in The Wale - a dramatisation of Nickerson's narrative - appearing alongside Adam Rayner (Hunted), Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones), David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas) and Joe Armstrong (The Village).

Terry Cafolla said: "At the emotional heart of the drama is orphan Nickerson's (newcomer Charles Furness) coming-of-age story where he meets three powerful male role models in the captain, the first mate, and a steward.

"As the narrative develops his views on what makes a man switches dramatically as he sees how these role models respond under some of life's most extreme pressures."

Filming on The Whale begins in Malta this week.

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