Scent Of A Woman star and former Batman sidekick Chris O’Donnell stars as fictional hero Jack McAuliffe, a man caught in the dark underside of the American intelligence community, in a three part drama airing on BBC Two later this month.
Based on Robert Littell’s gritty, best-selling novel about the CIA, ‘The Company’ comes from the writer of Black Hawk Down, the makers of Rome and Band Of Brothers and acclaimed director Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions.
The series spans a 30-year period, from the Cold War up to the first Gulf War, and features genuine events and characters.
It is January 1954 in West Berlin. Brilliant CIA operative Harvey Torriti (Alfred Molina), code-named Sorcerer, and his young assistant, Jack McAuliffe, code-named Apprentice, make contact with a man who seeks to defect with his family from East Germany. In exchange, he offers Sorcerer the name of a KGB mole working in MI6. The Sorcerer agrees to the plan and arranges for the defection to take place.
Unfortunately, however, the KGB gets wind of the plan and interferes. As a result, it becomes clear to Sorcerer and to CIA counter-intelligence specialist James Jesus Angleton (Michael Keaton), code-named Mother, that it was the MI6 mole who gave away the information. But who that mole is remains unknown…