Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders, MotherFatherSon) has signed on to star opposite Hugh Laurie (House, Chance) in Roadkill, BBC One’s four-part political thriller from David Hare. She will play Prime Minister Dawn Ellison.
Roadkill follows Peter Laurence (Laurie), 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. Rounding out the cast is Sidse Babett Knudsen, Saskia Reeves, Sarah Greene, Patricia Hodge, Ophelia Lovibond, Iain De Caestecker, Katie Leung, Olivia Vinall, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Pip Torrens, Millie Brady and Danny Ashok.
The four-part drama was penned by David Hare and is being produced by independent production company The Forge. It was commissioned by the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger and the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore. PBS’ Masterpiece is co-producing for the U.S. market. Andy Litvin is the producer, while Line Of Duty helmer Michael Keillor is directing. The executive producers are David Hare, George Faber and Mark Pybus for The Forge, Lucy Richer for the BBC, Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece, and Michael Keillor. All3Media International will handle global sales. Filming is now underway in London ahead of a 2020 premiere.