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Cast signed for BBC/WGBH's new Sherlock drama

Richard Roxburgh and Ian Hart will star as Holmes and Watson in a {youthful{ BBC1 adaptation of the sleuth classic The Hound of the Baskervilles, to be made by UK indie Tiger Aspect.

The cgi-laden film will be produced in association with US station WGBH Boston and the Isle of Man Film Commission, and will reunite many of the team behind the BBC's recent adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World.

It will attempt to revive the spirit of Conan Doyle's original books by portraying Holmes and Watson as young men in their 30s.

BBC controller of drama commissioning Jane Tranter said: {[Writer] Allan Cubitt's adaptation of Conan Doyle's timeless classic is a chilling thriller for the 21st century. It's for an adult audience and features a genuinely frightening hound using the latest special effects technology.{

Shooting starts this weekend for six weeks in the Isle of Man, Liverpool and Cumbria. It will also star Richard E Grant and John Nettles. Liza Tarbuck and Geraldine James are also expected to appear.

Richard Roxburgh played the Duke in Baz Lurhmann's recent film Moulin Rouge. Ian Hart appeared as Quill in the box-office hit Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone, and has starred in Wonderland and This Year's Love.

Tiger Aspect's other drama credits include Kid in the Corner, Births, Marriages and Deaths, and Teachers. It is the BBC's third adaptation of the classic chiller – Tom Baker played the great detective in 1982, and Peter Cushing in 1968.

Produced by Christopher Hall, it will be executive produced by Greg Brenman, Gareth Neame and Rebecca Eaton.

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