‘The Fall’ Helmer Jakob Verbruggen To Direct New BBC Two Drama ‘London Spy’

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BBC Two has found the director for London Spy.

Flemish director Jakob Verbruggen has signed on to helm the five episode series, which hails from Child 44 author Tom Robb Smith and has James Bond actor Ben Whishaw attached to star, TVWise has learned.

Penned by 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 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, which was commissioned by then BBC Two Controller Janice Hadlow and the BBC’s Head of Independent Drama Poly Hill, is being produced by Working Title Television with Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Poly Hill serving as executive producers. Production on the series begins this month for a 2015 premiere.

This marks something of a reunion for BBC Two and Jakob Verbruggen, who is arguably best known for helming the five episode first season of the hit BBC Two series The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. As TVWise exclusively reported at the time, Verbruggen, who employed a distinctive visual style on The Fall, opted not to return for the show’s second season, which is set to premiere this November.

According to my sources Verbruggen, who also recently directed an episode of the FX drama The Bridge, has been attached to the project for more than six months. “We needed just the right director for this wonderful drama”, a BBC source said, noting that this was Tom Robb Smith’s first TV drama. “We’re thrilled to be working with him [Jakob Verbruggen] again”.