Carey Mulligan has been cast in a new “high-octane thriller” written by David Hare for BBC Two.
Set in present day London, Collateral also stars John Simm (Life On Mars, State Of Play), Nicola Walker (Spooks, Last Tango In Halifax), and Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Penny Dreadful) who most recently won multiple awards for her on-stage role in Yerma at the Young Vic.
Taking place over the course of four days, the four-part drama explores the repercussions surrounding the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery man.
Refusing to accept this is a random act of senseless violence, tough and single-minded Detective Inspector Kip Glaspie (Mulligan) is determined to discover if there is a darker truth.
Politician David Mars (Simm) becomes instantly embroiled in the drama through his turbulent relationship with his troubled and unpredictable ex Karen (Piper). While Jane Oliver (Walker), a compassionate vicar, struggles to conceal her affair with the only witness to the crime
Hare, who has written several feature films, including The Hours and The Reader both of which won Oscars, said: “I’ve been writing drama for the BBC since 1973, but this is my first original series. I’m thrilled that it has such a stunningly gifted cast.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, added: “Collateral is a highly imaginative, thought-provoking and utterly contemporary state of the nation thriller written by Britain’s foremost political dramatist.
“It is a great honour to welcome Sir David Hare back to the BBC and to be working with both he and The Forge on this outstanding piece of original work.”
The series is being co-produced by The Forge and Netflix.