Birmingham, September 2012BBC Drama have announced their latest production, The Game.

Written and created by Toby Whithouse, the six part drama of hour long episodes will air on BBC One. Filming begins in Birmingham (pictured), London and Cardiff this month.

Tom Hughes, Brian Cox, Paul Ritter, Shaun Dooley, Chloe Pirrie, Victoria Hamilton, Jonathan Aris  and Judy Parfitt have been signed up to star in the MI5 thriller.

These are some of the finest actors working in television today and it’s an honour to have them on our show. Our ambition was to create a thrilling mystery, with exciting and complex characters. – Executive producer and creator, Toby Whithouse

When a defecting KGB officer reveals the existence of a devastating Soviet plot, codenamed Operation Glass, the charismatic but paranoid head of MI5, known simply as Daddy (Cox), assembles a secret committee to investigate.

Maybe they’re the best, maybe they’re just the ones he trusts. They are Bobby Waterhouse (Ritter), the louche and ambitious head of counter-espionage; Sarah Montag (Hamilton), his dry-witted and fiercely clever deputy; her husband Alan (Aris), the ‘nosey-parker’, their cheerful and guileless expert in bugging and interception; Jim Fenchurch (Dooley), a stoic and sceptical Special Branch detective; Wendy Straw (Pirrie), the naïve and impressionable secretary. The final operative is Joe Lambe (Hughes), the troubled but genius interrogator, able to read every tic and turn of human nature, but hiding dark secrets of his own.

The exact nature of the threat is unclear. All they know is that the Soviets are reactivating sleeper agents across the UK and giving them all a task. Every episode our team receive a new name on the list. Each name is a new traitor to investigate, a mission into the unknown and a step closer to understanding Operation Glass.

I’m delighted to be working with such a talented ensemble cast on The Game. Toby has created some brilliantly rich characters and I can’t think of a better group of actors to embody what he’s written. – Faith Penhale, Head of Drama, BBC Wales

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