Doctor Who’s Matt Smith To Star In Moses Jones

by Lisa McGarry

Moses Jones, a vibrant and gripping drama set in the heart of London made by BBC Production for BBC Two stars Shaun Parkes in his first leading role for television.

Moses Jones which begins on BBC Two at 9.00pm on Monday 2 February, is writer Joe Penhall’s first original series for television following his award-winning adaptation of Jake Arnott’s novel The Long Firm (also for BBC Two).

Parkes heads up a cast of new and established talent which boasts Matt Smith who was recently confirmed as David Tennant’s replacement as the 11th Doctor Who, Eamonn Walker, Dennis Waterman, Indira Varma and Jude Akuwudike, plus newcomers Wunmi Mosaku and Obi Abili.

The story told over three 60minute episodes begins when a wave of violence hits one community following the discovery of the bizarrely mutilated body of a man in the Thames.

First appearances suggest a witchcraft killing but the dark reality is more complicated – and even more frightening.

Assigned to the case is young, hopeful DS Dan Twentyman and his senior partner DI Moses Jones, seconded from Scotland Yard due to his supposed cultural links with the local African community.

Confronted with a wall of silence, Jones and Twentyman become increasingly frustrated but all roads lead to Joy, her friend Solomon and the Afrigo Club where the ex-pat community go to unwind to the irresistible music of Solomon’s band.

As the search deepens, the violence escalates and the investigation grinds to a halt. But one name crops up again and again – Matthias Mutukula a mysterious godfather figure rumoured to have both terror links and supernatural powers.

Forced to ask himself tough questions about his cultural identity, Moses Jones embarks on a frightening quest to track down his man and redeem himself before the community implodes…or takes revenge itself.

Shaun Parkes is Moses Jones; Matt Smith is Dan Twentyman; Eamonn Walker is Solomon; Indira Varma is Dolly; Jude Akuwudike is Matthias.

Newcomer Wunmi Mosaku plays Joy and Obi Abili plays Joseph.

Dennis Waterman, who plays Frank Costello, a former boxing champion and brothel owner, appears in episodes two and three.

Moses Jones is directed by Michael Offer (The Passion, The State Within).

The producer is Cameron Roach (Bad Girls, Life On Mars) and executive producers are Hilary Salmon (The Passion, Criminal Justice, Maxwell, The Long Firm) and Joe Penhall (Blue/Orange, The Long Firm, The Road).