Stephen Poliakoff’s ‘Close To The Enemy’ Gets Greenlight At BBC Two, ‘Bates Motel’s Freddie Highmore To Star

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The BBC is re-teaming with Dancing On The Edge creator/director Stephen Poliakoff.

BBC Two has handed out a six episode series order to Poliakoff’s latest drama effort Close To The Enemy. The project, which is set in a bomb-damaged London hotel in the aftermath of the Second World War, features a large cast which includes Bates Motel star Freddie Highmore, August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds) and Jim Sturgess (One Day).

Close To The Enemy tells the story of intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson, whose last task for the Army is to ensure that a captured German scientist, Dieter, starts working for the British RAF on urgently developing the jet engine. With the background of the emerging Cold War, it is clear to all that it’s crucial for British national security that cutting-edge technology is made available to the armed forces as quickly as possible.

“Stephen Poliakoff is one of the country’s foremost writers and directors and I’m delighted he is creating this distinctive new piece for us”, said BBC Two Controller Kim Shillinglaw, who commissioned the series alongside outgoing BBC Drama chief Ben Stephenson. “I want BBC Two to be the place where creatives can come and do their best, most signature work and it’s great to have this new work alongside our other remarkable dramas.”

Jim Sturgess leads the cast as Captain Callum Ferguson; August Diel portrays German scientist Dieter; while rising star Freddie Highmore will play Victor, Callum’s younger brother. Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders), Phoebe Fox (Woman in Black 2), Robert Glenister (Hustle), Alfie Allen (Game Of Thrones), Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story), Lindsay Duncan (Birdman), and Alfred Molina (Love Is Strange) also star.

“With Stephen’s usual flair and attention to detail, Close To The Enemy is a hugely compelling drama which shines a light on a fascinating piece of British history”, added Ben Stephenson, the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning. “An amazing cast, wonderful design and original music will create an unmissable new period drama for BBC Two.”

Like Dancing On The Edge before it, Close To The Enemy is being penned and directed by Stephen Poliakoff. Little Island Productions and Endor Productions are producing in association with All3media International. The executive producers are Helen Flint and Hilary Bevan Jones. Filming on the series is now underway in and around Liverpool and London, with BBC Two eyeing a 2016 premiere.