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BBC America Co-Producing ‘London Spy’ Miniseries with Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent

BBC America will co-produce a five-part miniseries, “London Spy,” starring Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Edward Holcroft, the cabler announced Friday.

Co-produced by BBC Two and produced by Working Title Television, “London Spy” centers around 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 (Whishaw) — gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift — falls for the anti-social, enigmatic and brilliant Alex (Holcroft). Just as the two of them realize 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.

The series was created by “Child 44” author Tom Rob Smith and is directed by Jakob Verbruggen. “’London Spy’ has gathered an exceptional cast and a visionary director. I couldn’t be more excited, or proud,” said Smith in a statement.

Juliette Howell, Head of Television at Working Title Television, said: “Working Title couldn’t be more proud to be producing this captivating drama. Incredible scripts, a hugely gifted director and a world-class cast; ‘London Spy’ exudes quality through and through.”

BBC America is thrilled to bring this gripping, first-class miniseries to our audience,” said Richard De Croce, SVP Programming, BBC America. “‘London Spy’ is an utterly compelling contemporary story which has attracted a stellar cast and we couldn’t be more excited to be co-producing Tom’s compelling script with BBC Two and Working Title Television.”

“London Spy” is produced by Guy Heeley, and executive producers are Smith, Howell, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Working Title Television, and Head of Independent Drama Commissioning, Polly Hill, for BBC Two. The miniseries will be distributed by NBCUniversal and BBC Worldwide. It is scheduled to premiere in the U.S. in 2015.

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