Toby Stephens (Die Another Day, Black Sails), Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty, Bodyguard), Linus Roache (Vikings, Homeland) and Timothy Spall (Mr Turner, The Street) have been set to star in BBC Two’s Cold War drama series Summer Of Rockets.
Set during the Cold War period and tumultuous year of 1958, Summer Of Rockets follows Samuel, a 40 something Russian Jewish émigré, inventor and designer of bespoke hearing aids, whose clients include former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
The series follows Samuel and his family, wife Miriam and children Hannah and Sasha, as he is approached by MI5 to demonstrate his work. Yet it is not his inventions the operatives require – instead Samuel is tasked with the secret mission of obtaining information about his charming, newly acquired friends Kathleen and her husband Richard Shaw MP, through whom Samuel also meets the impressive Lord Arthur Wallington. As Samuel’s life becomes more and more intertwined with his mission, how far is he willing to let things unravel for his cause? And who can he truly trust?
Toby Stephens has been cast as Samuel, Keeley Hawes as Kathleen, Linus Roache as Richard Shaw MP and Timothy Spall as Lord Arthur Wallington. Rounding out the cast is Lily Sacofsky as Samuel’s daughter Hannah, Lucy Cohu as his wife Miriam, Gary Beadle as his right-hand man Courtney, Mark Bonnar, Ronald Pickup as Walter and Rose Ayling-Ellis as Hannah’s friend Esther. Greg Austin, Jordan Coulson, Matthew James Thomas and Fode Simbo also star.
The semi-autobiographical project hails from Close To The Enemy scribe Stephen Poliakoff, who penned the scripts for the six-episode series and will also serve as director. It was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland and the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger. Little Island Productions are producing. The executive producers are Helen Flint for Little Island Productions and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Production is already underway in and around London and Oxford. The BBC said that further casting would be announced at a later date.