Charlie Cox and Romola Garai in cold war thriller

Charlie CoxTalent including Charlie Cox (Stardust, Boardwalk Empire) Romola Garai, Andrew Scott and Simon Russell Beale have boarded BBC Two drama Legacy, to be directed by Pete Travis.

The feature length espionage thriller is from the pen of Paula Milne and adapted from the original novel by Alan Judd. Set in London in the 70s at the peak of the Cold War, it centres on Charles Thoroughgood (Cox), a young spy who makes devastating discoveries about his father’s past.

The drama is from Slim Film + Television, the indie set up a couple of years ago by Simon Crawford Collins, previously of Kudos Film and Television, and marks their debut commission.

Crawford Collins, who executive produces Legacy with Milne, Judd and Lucy Richer, said: “Armed with Paula’s gripping screenplay and Pete’s crystal clear vision, we were confident that this project would attract an amazing cast – but the reality has surpassed even our highest expectations. Slim couldn’t be happier with this line up for its first ever production.”

The month-long shoot started on 8 July with Pete Travis at the helm to direct. Rob Bullock produces. Legacy forms part of the channel’s season of Cold War programming to mark this hugely significant period in history.

Further information on Legacy can be found on Production Intelligence, the online database of advance production news form The Knowledge.

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