BBC Two announces brand-new five-part drama series London Spy

It's very exciting to have one of the best production companies in the country, Working Title, produce my first contemporary spy thriller series for BBC Two, unarguably the most prestigious home for drama in the UK.”Tom Rob Smith, Author
Date: 14.02.2014     Last updated: 24.02.2015 at 16.25
BBC Two today announces a new five part drama series, London Spy, created by acclaimed author Tom Rob Smith (Child 44).

Commissioned by Janice Hadlow, Controller BBC Two and Polly Hill, Head of Independent Drama, London Spy is produced by Working Title Television for BBC Two.

This gripping, contemporary, emotional thriller sees an innocent, young romantic drawn into a dangerous world of espionage.

Tom Rob Smith’s award-winning Child 44 trilogy was an international publishing sensation and is currently being adapted for film, produced by Ridley Scott.

Of his first television drama, creator and writer Tom Rob Smith says: “It's very exciting to have one of the best production companies in the country, Working Title, produce my first contemporary spy thriller series for BBC Two, unarguably the most prestigious home for drama in the UK.”

In the centre of London is a street with the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service on one side and the headquarters of gay clubbing on the other. London Spy is the story of a chance romance between two people from opposite sides of that street.

Danny - gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift, falls for the anti-social enigmatic and brilliant Alex. Just as the two of them realise that they're perfect for each other, Alex is found dead.

Danny, utterly ill-equipped to take on the complex and codified world of British espionage, must decide whether he's prepared to fight for the truth.

Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two, says: “Drama on BBC Two has seen an incredible resurgence and I'm thrilled to be welcoming this gripping new series to the channel, written by an exciting talent."

Polly Hill, BBC Head of Independent Drama, adds: “I’ve been a huge fan of Tom’s and am delighted to be working with him, and to see his unique storytelling brought to BBC Two. This is a beautifully written love story, caught up in a spy thriller – a wonderfully complex and surprising story, of one man’s search for the truth. It promises to be a treat for the BBC Two audience, continuing the channels commitment to original authored drama.”

Juliette Howell, Head of Television at Working Title Television, says: “As a huge fan of Tom’s novels, I am thrilled to be working with him on this original series for television which dazzles both in conception and execution. We’re delighted also to be making this with the BBC who, from the outset, have shared our passion for the project.”

BBC Two’s latest commission demonstrates the channel’s commitment to Original British Drama and follows a successful year on BBC Two with Line Of Duty, The Fall and Peaky Blinders all launching in 2013 and recommissioned for second series.

London Spy also joins a raft of highly anticipated upcoming dramas on BBC Two, including Hugo Blick’s The Honourable Woman; a six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies; A Poet In New York, written by Andrew Davies; and David Hare’s Turks & Caicos and Salting The Battlefield.

It is produced by Tom Rob Smith. The executive producers are Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Working Title Television, and Head of Independent Drama Commissioning, Polly Hill, for BBC Two.

London Spy, 5x60-minute series, will shoot this year and transmit on BBC Two in 2015.

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