Eleventh Hour

Thursday 9 July, 8.30pm

Acclaimed producer Jerry Bruckheimer teams up with British actor Rufus Sewell in Eleventh Hour, a suspenseful drama series centring around disasters created by modern science.

Dr Jacob Hood (Sewell, The Very Thought Of You and The Taming Of The Shrew) is a brilliant biophysicist and special science advisor to the government, who investigates scientific crises and oddities. His jurisdiction is absolute and Hood is dogged in his pursuit of those who would abuse and misuse scientific discoveries and breakthroughs for their own gain. His passion and crusade is to protect the substance of science from those with nefarious motives. Called in at the eleventh hour, he represents the last line of defence.

Special Agent Rachel Young (Marley Shelton, Pleasantville) is the decorated FBI protection officer assigned to watch Hood’s back.

Rufus Sewell says what attracted him to the part of Hood was his potential of where the character could go. He says there’s a lot of story to carry with only two characters, which means that the character development is quite slow.

“What I saw [in the script] and what I still see coming out bit by bit, is a sense of humour – quite naughty, off-the-wall sense of humour, a scatterbrained quality.”

He says his character is no so much brave as he is ‘fear-blind’, meaning he doesn’t have sense to keep himself out of trouble. “He needs to be looked after as he has an inherent social clumsiness. I think he has his charm in his way, but he can be slightly abrupt. He doesn’t have a great deal of sixth sense about when he’s about to get clobbered.”

Working alongside Marley Shelton was also a bonus for Sewell who says the pair instantly hit it off: “Marley’s got a fantastic sense of humour. And the immediate connection was based on that, and it’s something that we very much want to develop. I think we have a natural chemistry that is very fun.”

The Eleventh Hour series premiere sees Dr Jacob Hood, Special Science Advisor to the FBI, called in to investigate evidence suggesting that someone is attempting human cloning.

ELEVENTH HOUR from acclaimed producer Jerry Bruckheimer follows Dr. Jacob Hood (Rufus Sewell, “The Illusionist”), a brilliant biophysicist and special science advisor to the government, as he investigates scientific crises and oddities.

His jurisdiction is absolute and Hood is dogged in his pursuit of those who would abuse and misuse scientific discoveries and breakthroughs for their own gain. His passion and crusade is to protect the substance of science from those with nefarious motives.

He is called in at the eleventh hour and he represents the last line of defense.

Based on the British miniseries by acclaimed science-fiction writer Stephen Gallagher, the series is executive produced by Bruckheimer (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”), Jonathan Littman (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Cold Case”), Danny Cannon (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami”), Cyrus Voris (“Bulletproof Monk”), Ethan Reiff (“Sleeper Cell”), Mick Davis (“Wake of Death”), and Paul Buccieri (“Fashion House”) for Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Eleventh Hour Saturday 8 December, 10.30pm

Patrick Stewart stars in Eleventh Hour, a series of investigative thrillers set in the constantly shifting world of contemporary science (tonight at 10.30pm on TV ONE). The former X-Men actor plays Ian Hood, a professor of physics, now serving as special adviser to the government, tackling disasters caused by modern science. Hood is a roving trouble-shooter. His remit is to seek out or respond to any human crisis arising out of a current scientific endeavour.

Stewart says Eleventh Hour is a pragmatic and realistic series in its view of the way certain things are in society, but its thrust is investigative thrillers. “In our stories there is a ticking clock, where we’re working against time and Hood is under a lot of pressure. We deal with very pressing current issues.”
He describes his character as an academic, retired physicist who now works for the Government as a Science Adviser. “He’s not a Whitehall bureaucrat but he’s somebody in the field following up and investigating criminal, illegal or just downright dangerous science as it’s occurring within society. He cares deeply about the benefits of science and has very passionate feelings about how science should be used and strong feelings about people who abuse it. He’s a widower as his wife died of cancer two years earlier, which has left him deeply marked by this tragedy. He is very much a work-obsessed individual.”

It’s a change of pace for the actor who is more experienced with science fiction than science. “Eleventh Hour has nothing to do with science fiction whatsoever. No aliens anywhere in sight, no space time continuum. There will be some disturbing images used, but it’s all about the real world, the world of today,” Stewart says.

Episode one of Eleventh Hour sees Professor Hood on the trail of a sinister Italian scientist, who is attempting to be the first person to bring a cloned baby into the world. Hood is alerted to the grim discovery of a field filled with the bodies of foetuses – all of whom share the same DNA. He thinks it is the work of the mysterious Gepetto (Jane Lapotaire, There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble). Assisted by his Special Branch bodyguard, Rachel Young (Ashley Jensen, Extras), Hood sets out to try and bring an end to Gepetto’s grisly work.