BBC America has signed on to co-produce BBC Two’s Ben Whishaw fronted spy drama London Spy, TVWise has learned.
Penned by Child 44 author Tom Rob Smith, London Spy tells the story of Danny (Ben Whishaw), a young gay spy who is somewhat ill-equipped for the game of espionage. The MI6 officer soon falls in love with the Alex, but when he disappears Danny must decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth.
Earlier today, BBC Two announced that Edward Holcroft (Wolf Hall), Charlotte Rampling (Dexter) and Jim Broadbent (The Great Train Robbery) has been cast in the five episode series, which is being helmed by Flemish director Jakob Verbrugeen. Holcroft plays Danny’s love interest Alex; while Rampling was cast as Frances; and Jim Broadbent as Danny’s confidant Scottie.
London Spy is being produced by Working Title Television in association BBC America and is executive produced by Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Poly Hill. NBCUniversal and BBC Worldwide are handling international distribution. Production on the series is now underway in London for a 2015 premiere.
“BBC America is thrilled to bring this gripping, first-class miniseries to our audience”, said Richard De Croce, BBC America’s Senior Vice-President of Programming. “London Spy is an utterly compelling contemporary story which has attracted a stellar cast and we couldn’t be more excited to be co-producing Tom’s compelling script with BBC Two and Working Title Television.”
This is the second BBC spy drama that US cable network BBC America has boarded as a co-producer in the last year. The network, which is also the US home to the likes of Atlantis and Doctor Who, is also a co-producer on Being Human creator Toby Whithouse’s cold war spy drama The Game, which will premiere in the coming weeks on both sides of the Atlantic.