Toby Jones will star in Tony Marchant’s adaptation of the classic Joseph Conrad thriller, The Secret Agent for BBC One, directed by Charles McDougall, his first UK drama for a decade.
Jones will play Verloc, whose seedy Soho shop hides his role as an agent of the Russian Embassy, spying on a group of London anarchists. Furious that Britain tolerates violent extremists, the Russians want Verloc to provoke a bomb outrage that will trigger a government crackdown. Caught between the Russians and the British police, Verloc drags his unsuspecting family into a tragic terror plot.
“I am both excited and intrigued by the challenge of playing Verloc, the eponymous hero of Conrad’s startlingly relevant novel The Secret Agent.” – Toby Jones
Cast includes Vicky McClure as Verloc’s previously loyal wife, Winnie, Stephen Graham as Verloc’s adversary Chief Inspector Heat, and Ian Hart as the dangerously unpredictable Professor. Tom Goodman-Hill will play Heat’s boss, Assistant Commissioner Stone and David Dawson plays Verloc’s Russian handler, Vladimir. The anarchists include Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Michaelis and Raphael Acloque as Ossipon.
“I can’t think of any actors better suited to delivering the modernity and authenticity of Conrad’s work to the screen.” – Writer Tony Marchant
The Secret Agent will air across three hour long episodes. The beeb note that filming will commence this month.