In Apparitions, Father Jacob is a Roman Catholic priest who finds himself drawn into the horrific world of exorcisms even though his main job is trying to promote candidates for Sainthood. His mentor though Monsignor Vinvenzo is the current Chief Exorcist of Rome and is keen for Jacob to take over with his own imminent retirement drawing near. Jacob too, also has a very natural talent for dealing with evil forces and is caught up in evil whether he wants to be or not.
The initial idea for this downright scary series came from lead player Martin Shaw, apparently he has always wanted to play an exorcist. Before the series even began it had come in for a lot of stick from various group because of some of the gruesomeness of the scenes featured in the series.
Guest stars included Shaun Dooley, Neil Peason, Elizabeth Berrington, Claudia Harrison, Vernon Dobtcheff and Cherie Lunghi
UK / BBC One – Lime Pictures Productions / 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast Thusday 13 November – 18 December 2008
Idea: Nick Collins, Martin Shaw / Writer: Joe Aherne / Music: Hal Lindes / Costumes: Inez Nordell / Prosthetics Designer: Davy Jones / Production Design: Tom Brown / Executive Producers: Matthew Read, Anne Mensah, Carolyn Reynolds, Tony Wood / Producers: Anne Harrison-Baxter, Caroline Levy / Directors: Joe Aherne, John Strickland
MARTIN SHAW as Father Jacob
SIOBHAN FINNERAN as Sister Ruth
RICK WARDEN as Michael
LUIGI DIBERTI as Monsignor Vincenzo
JOHN SHRAPNEL as Cardinal Bukovak