BBC Two has given the green-light to London Spy, a new 5 episode spy drama series which hails from Working Title Television and Tom Rob Smith. Production on London Spy is set to commence later this year, with BBC Two eyeing a 2015 premiere.
Created by Tom Rob Smith, London Spy tells the story of Danny, a young gay spy who is somewhat ill-equipped for the game of espionage. The MI6 officer soon falls in love with the anti-social and enigmatic Alex, but when he disappears Danny must decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth. The five episode series is being produced by Working Title Television with Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Poly Hill serving as executive producers. Smith is also set to produce. Tom Rob Smith, repped by Curtis Brown, is an acclaimed author whose debut novel Child 44 was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. That novel is currently being adapted into a major feature film which is being produced by Ridley Scott and will star Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman.
“Drama on BBC Two has seen an incredible resurgence and I’m thrilled to be welcoming this gripping new series to the channel, written by an exciting talent”, said Outgoing BBC Two Janice Hadlow, who commissioned the series alongside Polly Hill, the BBC’s Head of Independent Drama.
Polly Hill, the BBC’s Head of Independent Drama, commented: “I’ve been a huge fan of Tom’s and am delighted to be working with him, and to see his unique storytelling brought to BBC Two. This is a beautifully written love story, caught up in a spy thriller – a wonderfully complex and surprising story, of one man’s search for the truth. It promises to be a treat for the BBC Two audience, continuing the channels commitment to original authored drama.”
While Juliette Howell, Head of Television at Working Title Television, added: “As a huge fan of Tom’s novels, I am thrilled to be working with him on this original series for television which dazzles both in conception and execution. We’re delighted also to be making this with the BBC who, from the outset, have shared our passion for the project.”