Big Light, Kudos to produce spy drama
LONDON — The BBC has announced details of its new spy drama created by U.S. showrunner Frank Spotnitz, best known for his work on “The X Files.”The eight-part skein is called “Nemesis,” and has been commissioned by the U.K. pubcaster and HBO’s Cinemax Channel. Show will be made by British shingle Kudos, whose long-running spy series “Spooks” — known as “MI-5″ in the U.S. — recently shuttered after 10 series, and Spotnitz’s Big Light Prods. The international espionage saga stars Melissa George as Sam, who works for an elite private intelligence firm. She survives an attempt on her life that may have been orchestrated by members of her own team. Once she returns to the firm, she performs her duties without knowing who to trust and who wants her dead. Adam Rayner is cast as Sam’s co-worker, Aidan, at the firm and love interest. Spotnitz, who also wrote the show, said: “It’s got action on a cinematic scale, huge story twists and turns, and intriguing characters who are both emotionally and morally complex.” Other cast members include Stephen Dillane, Morven Christie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Lex Shrapnel, Uriel Emil, Patrick Malahide, Stephen Campbell Moore and Oscar Kennedy. Filming has started and will take place on location in Scotland, London and Morocco. The producer is Eliza Mellor and it will be helmed by S.J. Clarkson. Executive producers are Spotnitz, Jane Featherstone, Stephen Garrett and Alison Jackson from Kudos Film and Television, Christopher Aird from the BBC, and Kary Antholis, prexy, HBO Miniseries.