BBC One has assembled the cast for their upcoming 8 episode drama series The Interceptor, which hails from former Strike Back showrunner Tony Saint.
White Heat alum David Gyasi has nabbed the lead in the drama project. Trevor Eve (Waking The Dead), Jo Joyner (EastEnders), Robert Lonsdale (From Here To Eternity), Ewan Stewart (Titanic), Lorraine Ashbourne (Playing The Field), Anna Skellern (Heading Out), Gary Beadle (EastEnders) and Lee Boardman (Da Vinci’s Demons) also star.
Penned by Saint, The Interceptor follows a state of the art law enforcement team, known as UNIT, whose unswerving mission is to hunt down some of Britain’s most dangerous and ruthless criminals. The series is produced by BBC Drama Production in association with BBC Worldwide with Sarah Brown serving as executive producer and Luther helmer Farren Blackburn attached to direct. Production on the series is slated to commence next month on location in London, with BBC One eyeing an Autumn 2014 premiere.
Cloud Atlas star David Gyasi plays lead character Ash, whose dream of bringing down the biggest fish in the criminal underworld comes a step closer when he’s recruited to the UNIT. In addition, Trevor Eve has been cast as Roach, a ruthless criminal and Ash’s ultimate target; Jo Joyner as Lorna, Ash’s wife; Robert Lonsdale as Tommy, Ash’s partner and best friend; Anna Skellern as Kim, Lorraine Ashbourne as Valerie and Ewan Stewart as Cartwright, all of whom are members of UNIT; while Gary Beadle and Lee Boardman round out the cast as criminals Docker and Xavier.
It’s been a long-road for The Interceptor. The drama project has been in development at the BBC since as far back as 2012 and is based on the memoirs of former customs officer and SOCA agent Cameron Addicott, who served in the “Alpha Projects Unit” before his retirement. That unit, which hunted the UK’s most dangerous criminals by extraordinary means, forms the basis of UNIT in the BBC series. Addicott also serves as a technical consultant on the series. Tony Saint, who was working on the Sky1/Cinemax series Strike Back when The Interceptor was pitched to the BBC, wrote the series; with the commission from Ben Stephenson and Danny Cohen forcing him to step-down as showrunner on Strike Back ahead of its fourth season in early 2013 so as to give his full attention to The Interceptor.