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Close To The Enemy - Series 1

7 x 1 hour

A dangerous race against time...

Set in a bomb-damaged London hotel in the aftermath of the Second World War, Close to the Enemy follows intelligence officer – Captain Callum Ferguson. His last task for the Army is to ensure that a captured German scientist – Dieter starts working for the British RAF on urgently developing the Jet engine. 
With the back ground of the emerging Cold War it is clear to all that it’s crucial for British national security that cutting edge technology is made available to the armed forces as quickly as possible. Callum uses unorthodox methods in his attempt to convince Dieter to work with the British and eventually a friendship develops between the two men, but soon tensions arise as all is not as it seems. 
Over the course of the series, Callum encounters a number of other characters whose stories all intertwine. These characters include Victor, Callum’s younger brother, struggling to deal with psychological trauma caused by his experience in the fighting; Harold, an ex- Foreign Office official who reveals some startling truths about the outbreak of the war; Rachel, an enchanting Anglophile American engaged to his best friend; Kathy, a tough, young woman working for the War Crimes Unit, fighting to bring war criminals who escaped prosecution to justice. All these characters are trying to rebuild and move their lives forward in the aftermath of the war, a war that scarred them all so deeply. 



International Press Satellite Awards 2017 - Best Miniseries (Nomination)


"well-made, deftly acted period drama” - The New York Times 

“a pleasure to watch" - The Huffington Post/TV Worth Watching

“It’s bold, and beautiful, haunting, clever and original” – The Guardian

“It’s pure Poliakoff: a thoughtful examination of an extraordinary time” – The Guardian

“The small-screen maestro’s latest has all his hallmarks: stunning locations, strange dialogue and, of course, jazz” – The Guardian

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Credit Line

Little Island Productions in association with Endor Productions for BBC Two, UK


Jim Sturgess (One Day), Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel), Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders), Phoebe Fox (Eye in the Sky), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds), Robert Glenister (Hustle), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Charity Wakefiled (Wolf Hall) with Lindsay Duncan (Birdman), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) and Alfred Molina (Love Springs)


Stephen Poliakoff (The Lost Prince, Dancing on the Edge)


Executive Producer: Helen Flint


Stephen Poliakoff

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