London Spy - Ben Whishaw
London Spy - Danny (Ben Whishaw) ©2015 Working Title

The Five-part miniseries London Spy, staring Ben Whishaw, is due for a screening on BBC America (and BBC Two in the UK) later this year.

So far there has been just one official picture released but it has also been included in a trailer for BBC Two drama. Cast includes Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Edward Holcroft.

Could London Spy be a spiritual successor to The Hour? With both Ben and Jim working together again after Cloud Atlas (which we loved) we have high hopes for this mini-series from Working Pictures.

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BBC Two Drama – Trailer

2015 – A year of all new Original British Drama, only on BBC Two. Featuring The Last Kingdom, London Spy, The Dresser and Stonemouth

BBC Two Drama – Official Lowdown

[quote_box_center]London Spy is a gripping, contemporary, emotional thriller, the story of a chance romance between two people from very different worlds – one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess.

Created by acclaimed best-selling author Tom Rob Smith (Child 44) and directed by Jakob Verbruggen (The Fall, The Bridge), the original miniseries is a BBC America and BBC Two co-production and produced by Working Title Television.

Danny (Ben Whishaw) – gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift, falls for the anti-social enigmatic and brilliant Alex. Just as the two of them realize 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.

The cast includes Academy Award-winning Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge!, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Harry Potter), Emmy-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling OBE (Broadchurch, Restless), and newcomer Edward Holcroft (Wolf Hall, Kingsman: The Secret Service) as Alex.

Tom Rob Smith’s award-winning Child 44 trilogy was an international publishing sensation and has been turned into a movie with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace, produced by Ridley Scott, scheduled for release in April 2015.

London Spy will premiere in the US on BBC America in 2015.[/quote_box_center]

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online