EXCLUSIVE: BBC Two has added another well known actress to the cast of its upcoming one-off drama Legacy. I’ve learned that Romola Garai has joined the cast of the 90 minute cold war spy drama. Garai’s previous credits include a starring role on the BBC drama The Hour and drama serials Emma and The Crimson Petal and the White.
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), Tessa Peake-Jones (Only Fools And Horses) and Christian McKay (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) 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 this week.