Poliakoff’s Close To The Enemy To Air In November

BBC Two has announced that Stephen Poliakoff’s (Dancing On The Edge) seven part period drama Close To The Enemy, largely set in a bomb-damaged London hotel in the aftermath of World War II, will air this November.

Close To The Enemy follows intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson (Jim Sturgess), whose last task for the Army is to ensure that a captured German scientist, Dieter (August Diehl), joins the British RAF in developing the Jet engine.

It is crucial for British national security that the armed forces get this technology as quickly as possible, so Callum uses unorthodox methods in his attempt to bring Dieter onboard. Eventually a friendship develops between the two men, but tensions grow when it becomes clear that not all is as it seems.

Over the course of the series we also meet: Callum’s younger brother Victor (Freddie Highmore) who suffers with post traumatic stress; Harold (Alfred Molina), a Foreign Office official who reveals some startling truths about the start of the war; and Kathy (Phoebe Fox) from the War Crimes Unit, who is fighting to bring war criminals to justice.

The cast is rounded out by Robert Glenister (Paranoid), Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders), Alfie Allen (Game Of Thrones), Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story), and Lindsay Duncan (Birdman).