Copenhagen - adapted
for BBC Four by Michael Frayn from his highly acclaimed play
Rea, Francesca Annis and Daniel Craig star in Copenhagen, Michel
Frayns award winning drama about science, friendship and the
uncertainty of things, in a specially commissioned BBC Fictionlab
production for BBC Four, with American co-producer KCET.
began in London on 3 March and will continue until the end of the
month, including locations in Copenhagen. Howard Davies will direct
from a screenplay by Michael Frayn. Together they have adapted the
play for television.
by actual events that have intrigued and baffled historians for
more than 50 years, Copenhagen revolves around a 1941 meeting between
two brilliant physicists, Niels Bohr of Denmark (Stephen Rea) and
Germanys Werner Heisenberg (Daniel Craig), long-time friends
whose work together had opened the way to the atomic bomb, but who
were now on opposite sides of World War Two.
made a covert trip to see Bohr and his wife Margrethe (Francesca
Annis) in Copenhagen, but the meeting ended in disaster. Why did
Heisenberg go to Denmark and what did the two men say to each other?
What happened during this pivotal meeting that was a defining moment
of the nuclear age?
Craig was most recently seen on the big screen in Lara Croft: Tomb
Raider, co-starring opposite Angelina Jolie as a fellow archaeologist
and her love interest. He will shortly be seen in Sam Mendes
highly anticipated Road To Perdition, starring alongside Tom Hanks,
Paul Newman and Jude Law. Previous credits include Love is the Devil,
Elizabeth and Our Friends in the North.
Rea has a long and distinguished career spanning film, theatre and
television. His much feature film credits include The Crying Game,
Pret-a-Porter, Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy and The End of the
Annis has starred in a wide variety of film, television and theatre.
Her recent credits include Reckless which earned her a BAFTA award
nomination, Wives and Daughters, Onegin, in which she co-starred
with Ralph Fiennes, and The Debt Collector with Billy Connolly.
addition to the 1993 feature film The Secret Rapture, director Howard
Davies credits include for television, Tales from Hollywood,
starring Jeremy Irons and the BBCs recent production of Armadillo
which also starred Stephen Rea. His distinguished theatre credits
include Private Lives with Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan, The
Iceman Cometh with Kevin Spacey at The Almeida and All My Sons at
The National Theatre.
is Michael Frayns sixteenth original work for the stage, he
is also known for his highly successful Noises Off and Benefactors
and his recent bestseller, Headlong. Copenhagen is produced by Richard
Fell, Head of Fictionlab, the BBCs innovative drama unit which
was launched in 1999 and brings together writers, artists and programme
makers to create original and cutting edge drama. Simon Curtis is
Four launched in the UK on 2 March 2002 and is a free to air digital
channel dedicated to culture, with programmes ranging from specially
commissioned drama and adaptations and music performance, through
thought provoking documentaries to global news and cinema.
American co-producer KCET is the West Coast flagship station of
PBS. Its distinguished history of dramatic national productions
includes Hollywood Television Theatre, Visions and American Playhouse
and PBS Hollywood Presents.