Line Of Duty's Stephen Graham lands role in new BBC adaptation of A Christmas Carol with Guy Pearce and Charlotte Riley

LINE Of Duty star Stephen Graham is the latest big name to land a role in the BBC's A Christmas Carol adaptation.

The 45-year-old joins a stellar cast including Guy Pearce Charlotte Riley and Andy Serkis – who is playing The Ghost Of Christmas Past.The three-part small screen adaptation has been penned by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and will air this Christmas.

Tom Hardy will work behind the scenes as a producer and the BBC has called the series: "haunting, hallucinatory and spine-tingling.”

Writer Knight said of the project: “This production of A Christmas Carol will respectfully present what we believe to be a timely interpretation of a timeless story.”

Blade Runner's Rutger Hauer is The Ghost Of Christmas Future while The Ghost Of Christmas Present is yet to be revealed.

Earlier today the Radio Times reported how Graham almost died after a car tried to run him over following a pub brawl.

He admitted that he drew inspiration for his Line Of Duty role as John Corbett from a fight in Liverpool several years ago.

"When I was younger, me and my missus and my dad were attacked outside a pub in Liverpool.

"I don't like to speculate. Did I have any part to play in it? I don't really think I did. There had been a disagreement, but I thought it was settled and left at a place of peace, a place of understanding.

"And then, when we left the pub, it just suddenly happened. My dad got hit with a knuckle-duster."

He added: "Hannah [his wife] has a huge scar on her leg. She actually dragged me away from the car that was going to run me over. So, I can draw upon that."

The actor joined the hit BBC drama for the show's fifth series as the crime lord when it kicked off earlier this year.

However, his character didn't last very long as he had his throat slit and was brutally killed off in grisly scenes last month.

The shock twist came after Corbett, an undercover cop trying to expose police corruption, tried to leave the organisation of criminals he was running.

But the group turned on him after realising he was still in cahoots with the force, and lured him into a trap involving a group of people being trafficked.

The gripping drama concluded on Sunday and 10 million viewers tuned in as they eagerly waited to find out the true identity of 'H'.

However, fans were left largely disappointed by the bumper-length finale, taking to social media to complain that Ted Hastings' interrogation went on for too long – as well as slamming the fact that H's full identity wasn't revealed.

In a huge twist, viewers learned that H wasn't a single person but a network of four corrupt figures – with lawyer Gill Biggeloe working alongside Dot Cottan and ACC Hilton who had both been brought down in the previous series.

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