The Last Enemy revealed in new BBC One thriller
Benedict Cumberbatch, Max Beesley and Bafta-winner Anamaria Marinca are caught up in a love triangle in The Last Enemy, a visionary new thriller for BBC One from Box TV.
Also starring Robert Carlyle, David Harewood, Eva Birtwistle and Geraldine James, The Last Enemy takes an arresting and compelling look at how technology could transform Britain into a surveillance society – threatening human relationships and destroying trust.
The five-part contemporary drama, by acclaimed screenwriter Peter Berry (Prime Suspect 6, Kiszko – A Life For A Life), follows a group of characters - including a scientist, an aid worker and a desperate father - who are each trying to deal with crises in their own lives when they unwittingly get caught up in a global mystery.
Producer Gub Neal says: "The Last Enemy is an emotional odyssey about a man in search of the truth of what happened to his brother, and to his society. It's a cautionary tale about technology, with identity cards, biometric tests and armed police becoming an everyday presence in our lives.
"It's predictive, rather than science fiction, because CCTV cameras and loyalty cards mean we are already being monitored."
Polly Hill, the BBC's commissioning editor for independent drama, adds: "The Last Enemy is a sophisticated and intelligent piece in which an innocent man finds himself at the centre of a mystery with far reaching consequences.
"It's both a love story and a thriller, with plenty to entertain and stimulate viewers. I'm sure it will be food for thought."
She adds: "Peter Berry's powerful script will be brought to life by our excellent cast which includes some of the UK's fresh acting talent. I'm delighted we have secured such a strong ensemble."
The Last Enemy is the latest in a line-up of dynamic British thrillers on BBC One and follows in the rich footsteps of State Of Play, The State Within and the forthcoming Jekyll.
Max Beesley is well known for his starring roles in Hotel Babylon for BBC One and dark medical drama Bodies for BBC Three. He has also appeared in other popular BBC dramas Hustle and Fields Of Gold.
Max's first break was playing the title role in the mini-series The History Of Tom Jones – A Foundling and he has also appeared in Bloodlines and Anita And Me. Before turning to acting in his 20s, Max was a successful session musician.
Benedict Cumberbatch won a Bafta nomination for his portrayal of the young Stephen Hawking in BBC Two's dramatisation of the famous scientist's life, Hawking.
His reputation as an exciting new talent was further confirmed with roles in To The Ends Of The Earth, Spooks and Tipping The Velvet.
Benedict stars in new BBC/HBO co-production Stuart: A Life Backwards, and his film work includes Starter for 10, Amazing Grace and forthcoming movies Atonement, with Keira Knightley, and The Other Boleyn Girl, with Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.
Anamaria Marinca became the first Romanian actress to win a Bafta award in 2005 for her role as Elena in Channel 4's Sex Traffic, which also won her other honours including the Royal Television Society's best female actress award.
She has performed extensively on the international stage and her other TV roles include Hotel Babylon for BBC One.
Anamaria also appears in Francis Ford Coppola's new film Youth Without Youth.
The Last Enemy (1 x 90 minutes, 4 x 60 minutes) is made by Box TV, whose credits include Sweeney Todd, Gunpowder Treason And Plot, Jimmy McGovern's award-winning film Sunday and BBC One's Christmas hit The Wind in the Willows.
The drama is directed by Iain B MacDonald (Mansfield Park, Hotel Babylon) and the executive producers are Justin Thomson-Glover, Patrick Irwin and Adrian Bate for Box TV and Rebecca Eaton for WGBH/Boston. The Last Enemy is a Box TV production for the BBC and WGBH/Boston.
Shooting began in February in London and Romania, with transmission due later this year on BBC One.