Pictures: Rev star Tom Hollander films US TV drama on Shambles

Star Tom Hollander at the centre of things on Shambles, York
20 Jun 2014 @ 10.58 am
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Star Tom Hollander at the centre of things on Shambles, York
Star Tom Hollander at the centre of things on Shambles, York, with co-star Daniel Mays in the hat. Photographs: Richard McDougall

Shambles in York went back in time on Thursday night (June 20) as it was transformed into the set of a new US-backed TV drama.

Tom Hollander, best known as the fallible vicar in BBC sitcom Rev, was centre stage as scenes for the pilot show of Knifeman were shot on the ancient street.

Before filming began, technicians had worked to eradicate all signs of modern life.

New signs were replaced with old, including one featuring the three balls of a pawnbroker’s business.

Barrels were placed outside shops and wooden shutters across windows.

As YorkMix revealed exclusively on Tuesday, the new drama has been commissioned by AMC, the hit making American TV company behind Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Walking Dead.

Knifeman is based on the story of John Hunter, an 18th century medical man with a questionable approach to ethics, as played by Tom Hollander.

His brother Julian is played by Daniel Mays, who has had many film and TV credits including Doctor Who and Atonement. He was also on the Shambles set.

If the one-off show is a hit, it may be made into a series.

Awaiting the call for action
Awaiting the call for action
Medical man… Tom Hollander
Medical man… Tom Hollander
Two women extras in their finery
Two women extras in their finery
'Can I park this thing here?'
‘Can I park this thing here?’
Tom gets the sack…
Tom gets the sack…
A moo-ving story
A moo-ving story
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