A NEW BBC drama featuring a much-loved Wrexham actor will air this week.

Mark Lewis Jones has starred in the likes of 'Stella', 'Keeping Faith', 'Outlander' and even huge titles like Star Wars and Game of Thrones during his successful career to date.

Earlier this year, the 58-year-old who was born and raised in Rhos, also starred in the controversial drama series 'The Reckoning', depicting the life and crimes of Jimmy Savile.

Now Lewis Jones is set to return to our screens as 'Eddie O'Connor' in the feature-length drama 'Men Up', which will air on BBC One at 9pm this Friday (December 29), 

Written by Matthew Barry (Industry, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), 'Men Up' is inspired by the remarkable true story of one of the world's first medical trials for the drug that became Viagra, held in Swansea’s Morriston Hospital in 1994.


Men Up’s stellar cast also includes the likes of Game of Thrones and Misfits star Iwan Rheon and Gavin and Stacey's Joanna Page (Stacey) and Steffan Rhodri (Dave Coaches).

The BBC synopsis states: "Years before the little blue pill changed the lives for millions across the globe, a group of ordinary middle-aged Welsh men underwent the extraordinary, taking part in one of the first clinical trials for an unknown drug which later became Viagra.

"Meurig Jenkins, Colin White, Tommy Cadogan, Peetham 'Pete' Shah and Eddie O’Connor all have one thing in common. Impotency.

"It’s affecting them in every aspect of their lives, as they are drowning in shame and silence.

"Left feeling as failures as men, questioning their manhood, and having attempted their own fixes to no avail, the group is presented with a lifeline: a place on a trial for an unknown drug thought to cure impotence led by the ambitious Dr Dylan Pearce.

"Mixing drama with humour, Men Up is a poignant and beautiful story in which a group of unassuming men rise to the challenge to reclaim their sex lives."

You can watch it for the first time via BBC One at 9pm on Friday, December 29. It will then be available to watch via IPlayer.