By Alison Willmore | Indiewire April 12, 2012 at 2:34PM
Best known for playing the tenth incarnation of the title character in "Doctor Who," David Tennant is returning to BBC America to take on the role of a war hero turned intelligence operative in period drama "The Spies of Warsaw."
A mini-series based on a novel of the same name by Alan Furst, "The Spies of Warsaw" will find Tennant playing Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier, a military attaché at Poland's French embassy who gets drawn into a world of espionage and intrigue in the years leading up to World War II. Janet Montgomery (Jennie from "Entourage") will co-star as Anna, a Parisian lawyer for the League of Nations who, naturally, gets involved in a complicated romance with Mercier.
The four-part series will be the latest addition to BBC America's Dramaville British programming block, which has also housed the Idris Elba crima drama "Luther" and the "Mad Men"-esque "The Hour." Its upcoming slate includes two BBC acquisitions, the decade spanning tale of 1960s student "White Heat," set for May, and heist mini-series "Inside Men" in June.
BBC America is also co-producing "Ripper Street," a drama about Jack the Ripper starring Matthew Macfadyen, with plans to air it in the fall.