British Talent Lined Up for Ronald Moore’s NBC Pilot, ’17th Precinct’

James Callis, Jamie Bamber (L-R)

The police procedural could be the most creatively spent genre in all of television. (Yet networks continue to churn them out.) Thank goodness for Battlestar Galatica co-creator Ronald Moore, who is giving the cop drama a supernatural makeover with his new NBC pilot, 17th Precinct. The series will be set in a fictional town in which magical elements trump science. It sounds a bit like NYPD Blue meets Harry Potter, combining gritty and fanciful elements.

The Harry Potter comparison is particularly apt, as Moore is stocking his ensemble with British talent. London-born Eamonn Walker, best known for his role on HBO’s Oz, will be the show’s co-lead opposite American veteran actress Stockard Channing. And for support, Moore has recruited two UK alumni from Battlestar: Jamie Bamber (Law & Order: UK) and James Callis will reunite with their former boss for the series. No word on whether any of them will use their native accents. Wouldn’t that be a refreshing change?

Pilot season has been a great one for talent from across the pond: Minnie Driver, Jason Isaacs, Christian Cooke, Ioan Gruffudd, and Toby Stephens have all nabbed high-profile parts in recent weeks.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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