BBC One Orders New Jimmy McGovern Drama ‘Reg’, Tim Roth & Anna Maxwell Martin To Star

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Tim RothBBC One is re-teaming with Accused and Banished scribe Jimmy McGovern for a new drama.

The BBC’s flagship drama channel has given the green-light to Reg, a one-off drama from Jimmy McGovern which tells the story of the man who attempted to unseat Prime Minister Tony Blair from his parliamentary seat in Sedgefield in 2005. Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight) and Anna Maxwell Martin (Death Comes To Pemberley).

Reg tells the true story of Reg Keys. After his son Tom Keys is murdered in Iraq, Reg and his wife Sally have their lives torn apart, questions begin to arise not only around the events that led to their son’s death but also the legitimacy of the war as a whole. Left with questions that the New Labour government and Prime Minister Tony Blair refuse to answer, Reg decides to stand as an independent candidate in Blair’s own constituency of Sedgefield.

Anna Maxwell Martin“It was an honour to meet Reg Keys, a truly remarkable man, and it has been a privilege to tell this part of his story”, said Jimmy McGovern. “When Bob Pugh and I finished the script, they asked me who, in an ideal world, would play the parts of Reg and Sally. Tim Roth and Anna Maxwell Martin, I replied, never dreaming we’d get either. We got both and I am absolutely over the moon.”

The 90 minute drama was penned by Jimmy McGovern and was commissioned by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and Controller of Drama Commissioning Poly Hill. Independent production company LA Productions is producing, with Colin McKeown and Donna Molloy serving as the producers, while Polly Hill and Jimmy McGovern will executive produce. David Blair – who has helmed a number of McGovern’s other projects –  will direct.

“To have stellar talent, Tim Roth and Anna Maxwell Martin, playing such important and pivotal roles is testament to Jimmy’s honest and gripping writing”, said the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Poly Hill. “With the combination of talent and such a heart-wrenching true story, Reg is sure to bring something unique, special and memorable to BBC One.”