×

Starz Nabs Stephen Poliakoff’s Post-WW2 Miniseries ‘Close to the Enemy’

Starz has nabbed U.S. rights to Stephen Poliakoff’s miniseries “Close to the Enemy”

Poliakoff wrote and directed the six-part series starring Jim Sturgess and executive produced by Helen Flint (“Longford”), Hilary Bevan Jones (“Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot”) and Colin Callender (“Wolf Hall”).

Sturgess plays British intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson in the post-World War II thriller set in a bomb-rattled London hotel. His final task for the Army is to convince a captured German scientist (August Diehl) to hand over cutting-edge military technology crucial to national security — the jet engine.

He encounters a number of other characters whose stories ultimately intertwine. They include Callum’s younger brother (“Bates Motel” star Freddie Highmore) who’s traumatized by his experiences in combat; a Foreign Office official (Alfred Molina) who reveals startling truths about the war; an American jazz singer who revives the old hotel with her music (Angela Bassett); an Anglophile American engaged to his best friend (Charlotte Riley from “Peaky Blinders”); and a young woman fighting to persecute war criminals (Phoebe Fox from “Woman in Black 2”),

“Close to the Enemy” — a Little Island production produced in association with Endor Productions and Playground Entertainment, and distributed by all3media International — will premiere on BBC Two in the U.K. and Starz in the U.S. in 2016.

“We are delighted to announce another significant collaboration with Starz who will release ‘Close to the Enemy’ to their U.S. subscribers in 2016,” said Stephen Driscoll, SVP Sales, all3media International. “Stephen Poliakoff and this wonderful cast of actors are creating a thrilling mini-series that will enthrall audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. We look forward to announcing further international deals in the very near future.”

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Ballers HBO

    'Ballers' to End After Season 5 on HBO

    “Ballers” is coming to an end after five seasons on HBO. Star and executive producer Dwayne Johnson confirmed the news via an emotional Instagram video. “My heart is full of gratitude to all of you for rocking with us every season. You made us HBO’s highest rated comedy for years and most importantly, you helped [...]

  • Sublime Primetime

    How Emmy-Nominated Writers’ Rooms Keep Politics in Mind

    In a world filled with elections, social movements and national tragedies, how open should the doors of a writers’ room actually be? For some of this year’s Emmy-nominated shows, those doors are wide open. Before the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards air on Sept. 22, the Writers Guild of America West and Writers Guild Foundation, [...]

  • Disney Villains Series 'Book of Enchantment'

    'Book of Enchantment' Series Based on Iconic Disney Villains Shelved at Disney Plus

    Disney Plus has decided to not move forward with “Book of Enchantment,” a series based on some of Disney’s most iconic villains, Variety has learned from sources. The news comes the day before Disney is set to unveil its streaming service at the biannual D23 convention in Anaheim. The prospective project was based on the [...]

  • ITV STUDIOS PRESENTS VERAFILM 2Pictured: BRENDA

    Brenda Blethyn to Star in New ITV Sitcom 'Kate and Kolo'

    Oscar-nominated Brenda Blethyn is set to star in the new sitcom “Kate and Kolo” for ITV, the U.K. broadcaster announced at the Edinburgh TV Festival. Blethyn takes on the title role of Kate in the comedy alongside theater and film actor Jimmy Akingbola as Kolo. Blethyn is a popular star with ITV audiences after having [...]

  • Sean Spicer Emmys

    Sean Spicer's Casting Explained? Red States Love 'Dancing With the Stars'

    ABC faced backlash this week after casting former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on “Dancing with the Stars.” But that outrage might actually spice up the dancing competition’s dwindling ratings — particularly in Trump Country. “Dancing with the Stars” has faced a relatively alarming decline in ratings over the past two cycles, falling 32% [...]

  • Peppa Pig

    Hasbro Acquires Entertainment One in $4 Billion All-Cash Deal

    Toymaker Hasbro is acquiring studio Entertainment One in an all-cash transaction valued at $4 billion, bringing My Little Pony and Nerf under the same umbrella as “Peppa Pig” and “PJ Masks” and furthering Hasbro’s growth goals in the infant and preschool categories. Hasbro aims to expand its operations in film and TV. Entertainment One’s production [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content