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Jim Sturgess for BBC Two drama
31 Mar 2015 12:12
Jim Sturgess will play the leading role in a new BBC Two drama called Close to the Enemy.
The Across the Universe star will play an intelligence officer who has to get a captured German scientist to develop a jet engine for the Royal Air Force after the end of WWII.
The cast also includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory star Freddie Highmore, Peaky Blinders' Charlotte Riley, Game of Thrones' Alfie Allen, Inglourious Basterds star August Diehl, American Horror Story's Angela Basset and Chocolat's Alfred Molina.
Producer Helen Flint said: "Close to the Enemy is set in the transitional period of 1946 - the brutal Second World War is finally over but the destruction of families and cities permeates everyone's lives. "As the Cold War takes its hold in Europe and the public realisation that the Atom Bomb could be used by any Government; our hero Callum (Jim Sturgess) passionately believes that to safeguard the future you mustn't heed the past regardless of how terrible it has been. "However as the story unfolds he finds that he is compelled to look backwards and eventually realises that you have to judge (for good or ill) those voluntarily or involuntarily involved in order to actually have a safer world."
Close to the Enemy has been written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff. Production on the six-part series has already commenced.

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