Alfie Allen and Jim Sturgess to star in new Stephen Poliakoff thriller Close to the Enemy

The six-part BBC2 drama is set in a world of military intrigue in the chaos of bomb-damaged post-WWII London

Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen has been cast as one of the leads in a new BBC2 thriller set in a bomb-damaged London just after the Second World War.


Allen, who will be seen reprising his role as the broken Theon Greyjoy in the fifth series of Game of Thrones next month, will star in Close to the Enemy alongside One Day actor Jim Sturgess.

Sturgess plays intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson in the six-part series which has been penned by Dancing on the Edge and The Lost Prince writer and director Stephen Poliakoff.

Ferguson’s last task for the army is to ensure that a captured German scientist, Dieter (played by Inglourious Basterds’ August Diehl) starts working for the RAF on developing the jet engine. Allen plays Ringwood – Callum’s contact and right hand man. 

Spider-Man 2 actor Alfred Molina is taking on the role of a Foreign Office official with Peaky Blinders star Charlotte Riley cast as an enchanting Anglophile American engaged to his best friend.

Also appearing in the drama is Hustle star Robert Glenister as Brigadier Wainwright, Callum’s superior officer.

The drama is Poliakoff’s (pic below) first major TV commission since Chiwetel Ejiofor drama Dancing on the Edge about a black jazz band in 1930s London which aired on BBC2 two years ago.

Ben Stephenson, the BBC’s outgoing controller of drama commissioning, said of the new serial which is being made by Little Island Productions:  “With Stephen’s usual flair and attention to detail, Close to the Enemy is a hugely compelling drama which shines a light on a fascinating piece of British history.”

Stephenson is due to leave the BBC later this year to head up the TV division of Bad Robot, the production company run by Lost, Star Trek and Star Wars executive JJ Abrams.

Close to the Enemy will air on BBC2 in 2016


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