Sam Riley and Kate Bosworth have been cast in BBC One’s adaptation of Len Deighton’s classic alternative history novel SS-GB which takes place in a world in which the Germans won the Battle Of Britain and now occupy the UK.
Riley play’s lead character Detective Douglas Archer, who finds himself working under the brutal SS in occupied London.
When investigating what appears to be a simple black market murder, “Archer of the Yard” is dragged into a much darker and treacherous world where the stakes are as high as the ultimate outcome of the war.
Bosworth plays American journalist, Barbara Barga, who becomes inextricably linked with the murder case that Archer is investigating.
A dark and intricate story of moral ambiguity, the series poses the question of what you would do if faced with the choice of collaboration or joining a brutal resistance.
The five-part drama is being adapted by Robert Wade and Neal Purvis whose credits include some of the Bond franchise’s biggest hits, including The World Is Not Enough, Casino Royale and Skyfall.
Riley said: “Archer is compelling and complex character. He is a good guy struggling to reconcile his job as a policeman within the repressive Nazi machine.
“Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have written a gripping screenplay that pays homage to Len Deighton’s novel. I am very much looking forward to working with this talented team.”
The series begins production later this month and will air on BBC One in 2016.