The City And The City readies for spring

China Mieville BBC Two’s television adaptation of fantasy writer China Mieville’s novel The City And The City is gearing up for pre-production to begin principal photography in the spring. 

From prolific drama producer Mammoth Screen, the 4 x 60 is adapted for the small screen by Tony Grisoni, and follows the adventures of Inspector Tyador Borlu of the Extreme Crime Squad, who lives in the crumbing city of Beszel.

Borlu must tackle a murder case set against the backdrop of the political turmoil between Beszel and its flourishing twin city of Ul Qoma. Citizens of each city are forbidden from seeing each other. 

Production Intelligence first listed The City And The City back in January 2015; we have since updated subscribers with the filming schedule and key hires including the casting director, producer, director, line producer, location manager, production designer and production co-ordinator. 

Mieville (pictured) is a three-time winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award and has previously described his work as ‘weird fiction’.

Grisoni is also an executive producer on the project, alongside Damien Timmer and Preethi Mavahalli for Mammoth and Matthew Read for the BBC. 

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China Mieville photo via Getty Images Ent/David Levenson. 


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