First image: London Spy

Here’s the first image on Ben Whishaw starring in BBC Two/BBC America coproduction London Spy.

London Spy

London Spy

The five-part miniseries, written by Tom Rob Smith, is the story of a chance romance between two people from different worlds – one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess.

Alongside Whishaw, the cast includes Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, and Edward Holcroft.

It is produced by Working Title Television.

London Spy will debut in 2015.

BBC Two, BBC America uncover London Spy

BBC Two and BBC America have partnered for a new five-part miniseries called London Spy.

The series, created by Tom Rob Smith, is 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.

Danny meets Alex, but just as the two of them realise that they’re perfect for each other, Alex disappears. 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.

It stars Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, and Edward Holcroft.

London Spy is produced by Working Title Television, with producer Guy Heeley and executive producers Smith, Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Polly Hill.

Filming began in London this week ahead of a likely 2015 debut on both networks.

NBCUniversal and BBC Worldwide will distribute the series.

Sky Arts returns to the Playhouse

Sky Arts’ drama strand Playhouse Presents returns this year with a new slate of eight half-hour films.

Sky Arts

Sky Arts

The Dog Thrower is about a nervous young man and a big dog lover who one day sees another man throwing his dog in the air, much to the crowd’s enchantment. Wanting to be popular, he also starts to throw his dog in the air, with disastrous consequences. It is written and directed by Jon Ronson, and stars Matthew Perry, Tim Key and Kimberley Nixon. It is produced by Runaway Fridge.

Nosferatu in Love, written and directed by Peter Straughan, stars Mark Strong as a movie actor who, while filming Noseratu, runs away to a small Czech town when his young wife leaves him and teams up with a local petty crook. It is produced by Bonafide Films.

The Cruise, from writer/director Stewart Sugg, is about a couple (Jane Horrocks and Jason Watkins) who are just a week away from taking a dream cruise, when he begins to get cold fit. It is produced by Emu Films.

Nightshift follows two coppers in south-east London as they discuss life, the universe and everything else. It is written by Jimmy Gardner, directed by Bruce Goodison and stars Daniel Mays, Ashley Walters and Scarlett Alice Johnson. It is produced by World Productions and Cajun Pictures.

Foxtrot, written and directed by Polly Stenha, is a story about an ill-fated girl gang heist. It stars Billie Piper, Ben Whishaw, Lindsay Duncan and Alice Sanders, and is produced by Sprout Pictures.
 
Space Age, produced by Hillbilly Television, follows two ageing astronauts on a mission to a faraway planet, battling with loneliness, isolation and occasionally each other. It is written by Nick Moran and Ralf Little, directed by Lawrence Gough, and stars Richard Wilson and Simon Callow.

Damned, from What Larks, is a comedy drama set in a social services department. It is written by Morwenna Banks and Jo Brand, directed by Natalie Bailey and stars Brand and Kevin Eldon

The final film, Timeless, is about two women of different ages but united by the pain of being separated from their partners by war. It is written by Tim Firth, directed by Tony Smith and produced by Baby Cow. The cast inclused Sylvia Syms and Cara Delevingne.

Playhouse Presents returns to Sky Arts 1 from May 1.