Tim Roth and Anna Maxwell Martin to star in Jimmy McGovern’s new BBC One drama, Reg

If this war had been justified by international law I would have grieved and not campaigned. If weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq, I would have grieved and not campaigned. In my heart I hope that some day the Prime Minister might be able to apologise.Reg Keys
Date: 09.09.2015     Last updated: 10.09.2015 at 10.00
BBC One’s new drama by Jimmy McGovern (Banished, Common, The Accused) is the story of one man who takes on the British Prime Minister over Britain’s participation in the Iraq War.

Reg will star Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight, Cannes Film Festival award-winning Chronic, Pulp Fiction, Lie To Me) and Anna Maxwell Martin (Becoming Jane, Philomena, Death Comes To Pemberley) in the 90-minute drama which will be directed by David Blair (Common, Accused, The Street) and produced by LA Productions for BBC One.

Jimmy McGovern says: “It was an honour to meet Reg Keys, a truly remarkable man, and it has been a privilege to tell this part of his story.

"When Bob Pugh and I finished the script, they asked me who, in an ideal world, would play the parts of Reg and Sally. Tim Roth and Anna Maxwell Martin, I replied, never dreaming we'd get either. We got both and I am absolutely over the moon.”

Reg follows the true story of Reg Keys on a journey of grief and defiance after his son Tom Keys is one of six RMPs murdered in Al Majar, Iraq. As Reg and his wife Sally have their lives torn apart, questions begin to arise not only around the events that led to their son’s death but also the legitimacy of the war as a whole. Left with questions that the New Labour government and Prime Minister Tony Blair refuse to answer, Reg decides to stand as an independent candidate in Blair’s own constituency of Sedgefield.

Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “To have stellar talent, Tim Roth and Anna Maxwell Martin, playing such important and pivotal roles is testament to Jimmy’s honest and gripping writing. With the combination of talent and such a heart-wrenching true story, Reg is sure to bring something unique, special and memorable to BBC One.”

Colin McKeown, Executive Producer, adds: “This is another important project right on the heels of Common. The casting is insanely good but then again so is the script!”

REG will be made by LA Productions for BBC One and is being Produced by Colin McKeown and Donna Molloy for LA Productions (Common, Moving On, Justice). The drama will be executive produced for the BBC by Polly Hill and Jimmy McGovern for LA Productions.