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.

Sky One’s Apocalypse Slough hits NBC

A US network has partnered Sky One for its new drama Apocalypse Slough.

NBC will air the 10×60′ series, which will have a cast headlined by Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer, Megan Mullally, Mathew Baynton, Pauline Quirke, Paterson Joseph, and Joel Fry.

It will be known as Apocalypse to US audiences.

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Apocalypse Slough is set during the last days of mankind, when the lives of an eclectic group of seemingly unconnected characters around the world start to intersect in the most unexpected ways as a comet surges towards earth.

It is produced by Working Title Television and Bigballs Films. The creator, Iain Hollands, is also the lead writer.

The executive producers are Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lynn Horsford, Andrew Conrad, Cameron Roach, and Lizzie Gray. The producers are Polly Buckle, Nick Pitt, and Susie Liggat.

NBCUniversal International Television Distribution will distribute the series worldwide.

Sky One orders Apocalypse Slough

Sky One has ordered a new comedy-drama that could spell the end for the town that was home to Ricky Gervais’ The Office.

Sky One

Sky One

Apocalypse Slough (10×60′) imagines the end of the world a group of people who share a mysterious connection.

It is produced by Working Title Television and Bigballs Films. Cameron Roach executive produces with Andrew Conrad, Juliette Howell and Lizzie Gray.

Filming will take place in London, South Africa and Malta later this month.

The series is distributed by NBCUniversal International Television Distribution.

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.

BBC One reveals more about The Secrets

Further details have been revealed about The Secrets, the new drama strand commissioned by BBC One.

BBC One

BBC One

Produced by Working Title Television, the 5×30′ standalone films will be directed by Dominic Savage and produced by Guy Heeley.

The executive producers are Juliette Howell, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan and Lucy Richer.

Episode one, by Elinor Cook, stars Joanne Froggatt, Ben Chaplin and Emilia Fox in a story about a man who is married to two women until his secret life is exposed.

Episode two, by Nick Payne, includes a cast of Olivia Colman, Alison Steadman and Steve Oram. The story is about a vet expecting her first child, who has all the chemicals to put pets to sleep, and a mother who is chronically ill and wanting to die.

Episode three, by Ben Ockren, is about a girl who turns up out of the blue claiming to be the unknown sister to a boy, but things are not what they seem. It stars Helen Baxendale, Anthony Welsh and Paige Meade.

Episode four, by Payne and Savage, stars Ashley Walters as a police officer dealing with the fact his wayward brother has just returned from six months away and an apparent betrayal leads to an unlikely confrontation.

Finally, episode five, penned by and starring Sarah Solemani, is about a bride on the eve of her wedding when she discovers her fiancé was once accused of a shocking crime.The series is being filmed in London and will air later this year.

BBC Two recruits London Spy

BBC Two is going undercover.

BBC Two

BBC Two

The broadcaster has ordered a five-part drama called London Spy (5×60′), in which an innocent, young romantic is drawn into a dangerous world of espionage.

In the centre of London is a street with the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service on one side and the headquarters of gay clubbing on the other. London Spy is the story of a chance romance between two people from opposite sides of that street.

Danny – gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift, falls for the anti-social enigmatic and brilliant Alex. 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.

Created by Tom Rob Smith, it is produced by Working Title Television.

It is produced by Smith. The executive producers are Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Working Title Television, and Polly Hill for BBC Two.

London Spy will be filmed this year and air on BBC Two in 2015.

BBC tells some Secrets

The BBC has commissioned a new drama strand that will showcase the work of some of Britain’s best upcoming television writers.

BBC One

BBC One

The Secrets will contain five 30′ films, each produced by Working Title Television and directed by Dominic Savage.

Episode one, by Elinor Cook, is about a man who is married to two women until his secret double life is exposed.

Nick Payne writes episode two, about a vet expecting her first child and access to all the chemicals to put pets to sleep, and a mother who is chronically ill and wanting to die. It will star Olivia Colman, Alison Steadman and Steve Oram.

Episode three, by Ben Ockrent, sees a girl turn up out of the blue claiming to be an unknown sister to a boy – but things are not as they seem.

The fourth episode is also written by Payne and follows a police officer who is having an affair with his brother’s wife, leading to an unlikely confrontation.

Sarah Solemani has written the final episode, about a bride on the eve of her wedding who discovers her fiancé was once accused of a shocking crime.

The Secrets is made by Working Title Television for BBC One. The executive producers are Juliette Howell, Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title Television, and Lucy Richer for the BBC.

Filming begun today in London for five weeks and the series will air on BBC One later this year.