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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.”

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