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Copenhagen - adapted for BBC Four by Michael Frayn from his highly acclaimed play

Stephen Rea, Francesca Annis and Daniel Craig star in Copenhagen, Michel Frayn’s 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.

Filming 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.

Inspired 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 Germany’s 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.

Heisenberg 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?

Daniel 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.

Stephen 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 Affair.

Francesca 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.

In addition to the 1993 feature film The Secret Rapture, director Howard Davies credits include – for television, Tales from Hollywood, starring Jeremy Irons and the BBC’s 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.

Copenhagen is Michael Frayn’s 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 BBC’s 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 Executive Producer.

BBC 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.



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