BBC Two has announced that Ben Whishaw will play the lead in London Spy; the first TV drama series written by acclaimed novelist Tom Rob Smith.
Ben plays Danny – a gregarious, hedonistic romantic who gets drawn into the dangerous world of British espionage in this contemporary, emotional thriller.
He falls for the anti-social but enigmatic Alex, both from opposite worlds, and they soon realise they’re perfect for each other. But when Alex suddenly disappears, Danny is utterly ill-equipped to take on his complex and codified world. Young, innocent and adrift he needs to decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth?
Tom Rob Smith is best known for his award-winning Child 44 trilogy which is currently being adapted for film.
Of his first TV drama Tom 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.”
He went on to add, “Ben Whishaw is quite simply one of the best actors in the country. It’s an extraordinary privilege, as a writer, to have him play the lead.”
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.”
Filming on the five part series will begin next month with additional cast members to be announced in the near future.
London Spy will air on BBC Two in 2015.