07/12/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Marc Warren stars as the maleficent Count Dracula in the BEEB's new re-working of Bram Stoker's classic chiller.
Lord Holmwood is due to marry his sweetheart, Lucy, but he hides a terrible secret. He has syphilis, so cannot consummate the marriage without infecting his bride. Desperate to find a cure, he seeks out an occult priest, Singleton, who tells him of Count Dracula - a legendary being with extraordinary powers who lives in Transylvania. If Dracula could be persuaded to come to England, he could cleanse him of his corrupted blood.
Holmwood arranges for the Count to buy property in London and set up a base in the capital. Leaving his fiancée, Mina, behind, solicitor Harker is sent to finalise the property deals with Dracula in Transylvania, but never returns.
Meanwhile, Holmwood chooses to honeymoon at his ancestral home in Whitby, but still refuses to bed his increasingly frustrated wife. Lucy and her friend, Mina, console each other.
But Dracula uses his power to change his ship's course to Whitby. Mina and Lucy meet him and are mesmerised by his seductive charm, leading Lucy to invite him to dine at Castle Holmwood. That night, Dracula takes Lucy for himself and Holmwood gradually begins to understand the terrible power he has unleashed.
Dracula then sets his sights on the innocent Mina but, with the help of his friend, Seward, and Van Helsing, Holmwood eventually faces Dracula in a final terrifying showdown.
Marc Warren plays Dracula, Dan Stevens plays Lord Holmwood, Sophia Myles plays Lucy, Donald Sumpter plays Singleton, Stephanie Leonidas plays Mina, Rafe Spall plays Harker, Tom Stone plays John Seward and David Suchet plays Abraham Van Helsing.
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