BBC One has set the core cast for The Last Post. Jeremy Neumark Jones (One Of Us), Jessica Raine (Line Of Duty), Ben Miles (The Crown), Jessie Buckley (War and Peace), Amanda Drew (Broadchurch) and Stephen Campbell Moore (The Go-Between) are all set to star in the six episode period drama from Silk creator Peter Moffat.
Originally commissioned by then BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore last September, The Last Post is set in the mid-Sixties and follows a unit of Royal Military Police officers and their families in Aden, Yemen. Their job is two-fold: half soldiers and half policemen who face constant insurgency and threat. Danger is everywhere. Hand grenades, mines and sniper attacks are a constant threat.
Jeremy Neumark Jones plays Royal Military Police Captain Joe Martin; Jessica Raine has been set as Alison, the fesity wife of a Royal Military Police Lieutenant; Ben Miles will portray Major Harry Markham, the commanding officer of the RMP detachment in Yemen; Jessie Buckley has been cast as Honor Martin, who just recently married Captain Joe Martin; Amanda Drew is Mary Markham, who is married to the RMP CO and puts loyalty, service and discretion above all else; while Stephen Campbell Moore plays Lieutenant Ed Laithwaite.
The six-part series was created by Peter Moffat, whose BBC drama Criminal Justice was just adapted into the HBO limited series The Night Of, and is based on his childhood memories, his father’s life as an officer in the Royal Military Police and his mother’s struggle between being what the army required her to be and what she felt like being. It is being produced by Bonafide Films and The Forge Entertainment, with Matthew Read, Margery Bone, Elwen Rowlands, George Faber and Mark Pybus serving as executive producers. Jonny Campbell and Miranda Bowen are attached to direct. Filming is set to commence later this month in South Africa, for a 2017 premiere. BBC Worldwide will handle global sales.
“Young married couples in the heart of the Sixties living in extremely close proximity in a very alien and dangerous environment has always struck me as ripe territory for drama. Men full of vim, vigor and a desire to be heroes in a situation where that isn’t always possible; alongside young women who are starting to feel the emancipation of the Sixties and a sense of new freedoms but who are living in a constrained setting where their role is supposed to be merely supportive”, Moffat said. “My mum remembers standing on the balcony of our flat in her first week in Aden and seeing a hand grenade thrown killing a five year old boy and my dad rushing out to try and do something… Throw in rock’n’roll and tumultuous love stories alongside the unexplored territory of this period in our history and you have a pretty heady mix. This was my parents world and one I have wanted to write about all my career.”