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Ray Winstone to lead gang of smugglers in new Sky1 drama 'Moonfleet'

Sky1 has announced a new drama, starring Ray Winstone in the lead role.

Based on the classic John Meade Falkner novel of the same title, Moonfleet is a two-part series penned by Life on Mars writer Ashley Pharoah.

Winstone stars as Elzevir Block, the head of a gang of smugglers in 18th Century Dorset, who recruit young John Trenchard, played by The White Queen star Aneurin Barnard. Together they go on a journey "full of action, friendship and humour, and hunt for a fabled lost diamond".

Winsone said of the role: "I'm incredibly excited to be working with Sky - I can't wait to start filming and it's a real honour to be bringing such an epic adventure story to life."

Comic and Gladiator actor Omid Djalili stars as diamond merchant Aldobrand and Mad Dogs star Ben Chaplin will play the town's anti-smuggling Magistrate.

Inbetweeners actor Martin Trenaman, Silent Witness's Lorcan Cranitch,

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