Star Trek icon PATRICK has agreed to star in a British TV drama for the first time in 20 years.

The 64-year-old, who is currently starring in A LIFE IN THE THEATRE alongside American heart-throb Joshua Jackson on the London stage, will take the leading role in the $8.6 million (GBP4.5 million) ITV network show ELEVENTH HOUR.

He will play a professor who specialises in averting potential disasters - and the programme's creator is delighted to have landed his first choice for the lead role.

STEPHEN GALLAGHER says, "It's a real champagne moment... X-Men 3 had their dates to meet and we had ours. Both of us wanted him."

08/04/2005 02:53