Rupert Graves, Douglas Hodge, Charles Dance and Gina McKee are joining Gabriel Byrne in Channel 4’s brand-new four-part drama series Coup.
In the series Byrne plays politician Tom Dawkins, a reluctant hero who finds himself thrust into the spotlight of front-line politics when he least expects to be, and who risks everything by taking on the might of the establishment.
A massive industrial accident on Teesside leaves several people dead and raises awkward questions about the safety procedures of the US petrochemical company involved.
Dawkins, a man with a profound belief in transparency and open government, finds himself taking on vested interests, financial, media, and military, both domestic and international, in his pursuit to uncover the truth and get justice for the families.
Along the way he struggles to keep his party onside and the electorate behind him, as he also weathers damaging revelations about his personal life.
And as the investigation into the Teesside disaster proceeds, Dawkins becomes aware of establishment’s secret ties to the petrochemical company and comes to realise that there are bigger powers at play behind the scenes.
Coup is written by Robert Jones and is based on the novel A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin.
Filming in Manchester, Liverpool and London has begun this month and the series is expected to air later this year.