Christian McKay Joins BBC Two’s Spy Drama ‘Legacy’

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EXCLUSIVE: BBC Two’s upcoming 90 minute one-off Legacy has added another cast member. I’ve learned that Christian McKay has joined the cast of the cold war spy drama. The project may feel like familiar ground to the actor who had a role in another recent adaptation of a cold war spy drama: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. McKay’s other credits include feature film Me and Orson Welles and a recurring role on the Canal+ series Borgia.

Based on the Alan Judd novel of the same name and developed for television by The Politician’s Husband scribe Paula Milne, Legacy has been described as a gripping espionage thriller set during the height of the Cold War in 1970s London, The drama follows Charles Thoroughgood, a recent MI6 recruit who discovers the disturbing truth about his father’s complex past. The drama is being produced by Slim Film & Television with Lucy Richer, Simon Crawford Collins, Paula Milne and Alan Judd serving as executive producers. Dredd helmer Pete Travis is attached to direct. BBC Worldwide is handling international distribution.

The BBC has yet to announce any cast members for the drama, however, TVWise previously broke the news that Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) and Tessa Peake-Jones (Only Fools And Horses) have been cast in Legacy. Production on the drama, which is the first commission for Simon Crawford Collins’ indie Slim Film & Television, is about to get under way, with a table read scheduled for next week.