EXCLUSIVE: My sources are telling me that British actor Stephen Wight (Threesome) has been cast in BBC One’s upcoming three-part legal drama The Escape Artist. Neither BBC One nor Endor Productions have announced any cast members, however, TVWise previously broke the news that David Tennant (Doctor Who), Sophie Okonedo (Sinbad), Toby Kebbell (Black Mirror), Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty) and Tony Gardner (Fresh Meat) have been cast in the three-part drama.
Written by Spooks scribe David Wolstencroft and produced by Endor Productions, The Escape Artist is a three-part serial which forms part of BBC One’s recently announced drama line up for 2013. The drama revolves around Will Burton (David Tennant), a talented junior barrister of peerless intellect and winning charm who specialises in spiriting people out of tight legal corners. He is in high demand as he has never lost a case. But when his talents acquit the notorious prime suspect in an horrific murder trial, that brilliance comes back to bite him with unexpected and chilling results, not to mention a shocking twist in the tale. Brian Welsh is directing, with Hilary Bevan Jones and Paul Frift serving as producers, the executive producer is Matthew Read. I hear that the first table-read for the serial took place earlier this week, with production slated to begin next week.
The Escape Artist reunites Stephen Wight and Tony Gardner, both of whom recently finished filming on BBC Three’s military comedy series Bluestone 42. That series, which was shot on location in South Africa, revolves around a bomb disposal unit serving in Afghanistan and stars Wight, Gardner, Kelly Adams (Hustle), Oliver Chris (Green Wing), Scott Hoatson (Case Histories) and Katie Lyons (The Crimson Petal and the White). BBC Three has yet to even announce that they have commissioned the comedy series, let alone who the stars are, even so, I’m told that the series will begin airing on BBC Three later this Spring.