BBC One has set the cast for their John Lanchester adaptation Capital.
Toby Jones (Marvellous, Wayward Pines), Wunmi Mosaku (Dancing On The Edge, In The Flesh) and Robert Emms (Atlantis, War Horse) are set to lead the cast of the three-part drama, which hails from Marvellous scribe Peter Bowker and Broadchurch indie Kudos Film & Television.
Capital is described as a “observant look at modern Britain”. The three-part drama explores the live of the diverse residents of Pepys Road, a London street which is transformed by soaring property prices. One day, every resident receives a postcard that says “we want what you have”. Leading to three important questions: Who has sent them? What exactly do they want? And how far will they go to get it? Interweaving stories reveal the lives of ordinary people who find themselves caught and changed by a city at a time of extraordinary flux.
Toby Jones will play Roger, an investment banker who is rubbing his hands in anticipation of his £1m bonus; Wunmi Mosaku has been cast as Quentina, a Zimbabwean refugee with a PhD working as a traffic warden; while Robert Emms is set as Smitty, a street artist whose family has lived on Pepys Street for generations. Lesley Sharp (The Shadow Line), Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions) Rachael Stirling (Detectorists), Gemma Jones (Marvellous), Bryan Dick (Wolf Hall), Radoslaw Kaim (Wallander) and Indian actress Shabana Azmi also star.
The three-part adaptation, which got a greenlight at BBC One back in August 2014, is being penned by Peter Bowker, whose long list of credits include Marvellous, Monroe and From There To Here. Sherlock helmer Euros Lyn has boarded the Kudos Film & Television produced project and is set to direct. Matt Strevens is the series producer, while Derek Wax, Peter Bowker and Lucy Richer will executive produce. Production is now underway in London for a late 2015 premiere.
In an exclusive statement to TVWise, Robert Emms, whose recently cancelled BBC series Atlantis is set to return to its Saturday night time-slot this week, said: “I have always loved Peter Bowker’s work so am thrilled to be a part of this production and to be working with such a fantastic cast and director, Euros Lyn.”
“It is wonderful to see such a stellar cast starring in Capital. They are sure to bring Peter Bowker’s stunning scripts to life in their portrayal of such funny, true and brilliant characters”, added executive producer Lucy Richer. “The wealth of talent involved both on and off screen will cement Capital as a truly special drama for BBC One.”