BBC One has ordered Roadkill, a four-part political thriller from The Worricker Trilogy scribe David Hare and independent production company The Forge. Hugh Laurie (House, Chance) is attached to star in the lead role as Conservative minister Peter Laurence.
“I first worked with Hugh Laurie in 1987 when he set off on his riveting change of direction from adroit comedian to commanding dramatic actor”, Hare said. “I can’t wait to see him embody the fictional future of the Conservative party in Roadkill.”
Roadkill follows Peter Laurence, a self-made, forceful and charismatic politician. Peter’s public and private life seems to be falling apart – or rather is being picked apart by his enemies. As the personal revelations spiral, he is shamelessly untroubled by guilt or remorse, expertly walking a high wire between glory and catastrophe as he seeks to further his own agenda whilst others plot to bring him down.
However events show just how hard it is, for both an individual and a country, to leave the past behind. With enemies so close to home, can Peter Laurence ever out-run his own secrets to win the ultimate prize? Hare is penning the scripts, while Michael Keillor is attached the direct. The executive producers are David Hare, George Faber and Mark Pybus for The Forge, Lucy Richer for the BBC and Michael Keillor. The BBC said that further casting would be announced at a later date.
“Roadkill is a thriller which explores the relationship between personal morality and political power”, said the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger, who commissioned the series alongside the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore. “Hugh Laurie is an incredible actor who will play this fictional role with utter conviction, and it is a great honour to work once again with David Hare and The Forge to bring this brilliantly sharp and funny drama to BBC One.”