Tim Roth Stars In New Jimmy McGovern Drama Reg

Next week BBC One will premiere Jimmy McGovern’s (Banished, Common, The Accused) new drama Reg which tells the story of one man who takes on the British Prime Minister over Britain’s participation in the Iraq War.

In June 2003, as Reg Keys and his wife Sally switch on the TV to hear that six military policemen have been murdered in Iraq, two men arrive to tell them that their son, Tom, was among them.

Later, Reg discovers that three weeks prior to his son’s death the army had ordered a scale-down in weapons and communications, leaving the six men with limited resources to defend themselves.

Angered by this news, Reg forms the pressure group Military Families Against The War, and decides to stand against Tony Blair in his home constituency in the next General Election, as an independent candidate opposed to the Iraq war.

Jimmy McGovern says: “(Reg) wins because he gets the one thing he’s always wanted, which is to say his piece to Blair. And he says it in the most public way possible, at the height of the election campaign at the count itself.”

Reg stars Tim Roth (Lie To Me) and Anna Maxwell Martin (Death Comes To Pemberley), and is directed by David Blair (Accused). It will air on BBC One on Monday 6th June at 9pm.