The five-part series titled London Spy has been described as a “gripping, contemporary and emotional thriller” and sees an innocent young romantic drawn into a dangerous world of espionage.
Tom Rob Smith’s award-winning Child 44 trilogy was an international publishing sensation and is currently being adapted for film, produced by Ridley Scott.
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. – Tom Rob Smith
In the centre of London is a street with the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service on one side and the headquarters of gay clubbing on the other. London Spy is the story of a chance romance between two people from opposite sides of that street.
Danny – gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift, falls for the anti-social enigmatic and brilliant Alex. Just as the two of them realise 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.
Drama on BBC Two has seen an incredible resurgence and I’m thrilled to be welcoming this gripping new series to the channel, written by an exciting talent. – Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two
The corporation note that BBC Two is committed to Original British Drama and that the channel has had a successful year in drama with Line Of Duty, The Fall and Peaky Blinders all launching in 2013 and recommissioned for second series.
Filming will commence on London Spy this year with the drama transmitting on BBC Two in 2015.