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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Jimmy McGovern's 'Reg' Coming to BBC One

BBC One have announced the commissioning of Reg, a new one-off drama by Jimmy McGovern focusing on one man who take on the British Prime Minister over Britain's participation in the Iraq War.

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.

Reg will star Tim Roth in the lead role alongside Anna Maxwell Martin as his wife. The ninety minute one-off drama is going to be directed by David Blair who previously worked with McGovern on Common, Accused and The Street.

Of the drama McGovern said, "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.”

Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, added, "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.”

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