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BBC America Announces 1970s Spy Drama ‘The Game’ and Lead Actor for Thriller ‘Intruders’

BBC America Announces 1970s Spy Drama 'The Game' and Lead Actor for Thriller 'Intruders'

BBC America is already preparing to investigate the spy genre via miniseries “Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond,” which premiered on Wednesday, January 29th at 10pm and centers on the real-life covert war career of James Bond creator Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper). But the network announced today that it will also be airing “The Game,” a six-part drama that’s set in the world of 1970s espionage.

“The Game,” a BBC One production, will air in the fall, and was written and created by Toby Whithouse (“Being Human,” “Doctor Who”). It tells the story of the invisible battles fought by MI5 during the Cold War. Brian Cox plays the paranoid head of the MI5, who’s known as Daddy, and who assembles a secret committee to investigate the existence of a devastating Soviet plot revealed by a KGB defector. Tom Hughes (“Dancing On The Edge”), Paul Ritter (“Quantum Of Solace”), Shaun Dooley (“The White Queen”), Chloe Pirrie (“Misfits”), Victoria Hamilton (“What Remains”), Jonathan Aris (“Sherlock”) and Judy Parfitt (“Call The Midwife”) also star.

The BBC America original series “Intruders” was announced in the fall, and now has a leading man — John Simm (“Life on Mars,” “State of Play”). The series is the creation of writer and executive producer Glen Morgan, who also has crime drama “Those Who Kill” coming out on A&E, working from Michael Marshall Smith’s novel “The Intruders.” It’s a paranormal drama set in the Pacific Northwest, where strange, apparently unrelated events start happening — a missing wife, an assassin covering his crimes, a child on the run — and begin to intertwine to reveal a conspiracy. 

Simms will play Los Angeles cop-turned-writer Jack Whelan, whose wife goes missing, plunging him into an investigation that forces him to confront the sins of his past and reexamine the foundations upon which he’s built his life. Eduardo Sanchez (“Blair Witch Project”) and Daniel Stamm (“The Last Exorcism”) are set to direct the series.

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