New London-based drama for Ben Whishaw
Acclaimed British actor Ben Whishaw is preparing to film his starring role in London Spy, a major new drama for BBC Two.
The 5 x 60 series is from Working Title Television and executive producers Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Polly Hill is the executive producer for the BBC.
The London-based shoot gets underway next month on the romantic thriller, which is set against a backdrop of the world of espionage. It is the first TV drama from Child 44 writer Tom Rob Smith, who said of the series: “It's very exciting to have one of the best production companies in the country, Working Title, produce my first contemporary spy thriller series for BBC Two, unarguably the most prestigious home for drama in the UK.”
Whishaw certainly has a busy few months ahead – the Bond actor is set to reprise his role of supergeek Q in Bond 24, due to shoot in the UK and Italy from early December. As with most of the 007 series, it is likely that a plethora of global locations will be used, but not announced until nearer the time.
The actor has enjoyed considerable critical success in his career to date, most recently for his starring role in Lilting (pictured), which was filmed in London in 2012 with funding from Film London’s Microwave scheme. It received its world premiere at Sundance in early 2014, at which it won a Cinematography award.
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