Burn Up: a new thriller for BBC Two – Wednesday 23 & Friday 25 July 2008, 9.00-10.30pm
Burn Up is a nail-biting two-part thriller for BBC Two from
the pen of multi-award-winning writer Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty). It's a powerful story of love, commitment and divided loyalty… a thriller in which the
stakes couldn't be higher.
Burn Up is produced for BBC Two by Kudos Film and Television, the company behind of some of the BBC's
best loved dramas, including Spooks and Life On Mars.
The extraordinary cast for this taut production is headed by Emmy Award winner Bradley Whitford,
best known for his role as Josh on The West Wing.
Bradley Whitford is joined by Neve Campbell (of the
Scream trilogy), Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks) and Marc Warren (Hustle).
This topical thriller sees oil executives, environmental activists and politicians collide in the battle
between economic success and ecological responsibility.
Rupert Penry-Jones stars as Tom, who, having
been named the new head of Arrow Oil, finds his life unravelling as he's pulled into a high-stakes
game of power and international intrigue.
Neve Campbell plays his colleague Holly, whose covert
collaboration with environmentalists puts her in great jeopardy, and Bradley Whitford plays Tom's best friend
Mack, a charismatic yet unscrupulous oil industry lobbyist.
Burn Up follows the trio's lives and loves
as they hurtle towards a global climate change summit.
BBC Commissioning Editor for Drama, Lucy Richer, says: "Burn Up is a highly authored piece wholly
of this unique moment in time. The exciting mix of US, Canadian and UK talent, the awesome
backdrop of the Canadian wilds combined with Simon's taut and provocative script makes for an epic
Kudos Film and Television's Stephen Garrett says: "As a lifelong fan of the political thriller, it's been
incredibly satisfying to marry it to the most urgent issue facing us as the century unfolds – a potent
cocktail of fiction and fact that we hope will enlighten as much as it will entertain."
Burn Up is produced by Kudos Film and Television and Calgary-based SEVEN24 Films for the BBC
(UK) and Global Television (Canada).
It is written by Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty), produced by
Christopher Hall (The Lost World), directed by Omar Madha (Spooks) and is a UK/Canada treaty co-production.
Burn Up was commissioned by Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Fiction for transmission on BBC