What’s Love Got To Do With It? star Angela Bassett is getting behind a microphone again - to play a singer in a new BBC period drama.
The American Horror Story actress, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Tina Turner in the 1993 biopic, will star in the six-part series set in a London hotel in the first days after the end of the Second World War.
Jim Sturgess heads the cast of the BBC2 show, written by award-winning dramatist Stephen Poliakoff, as a soldier whose final task is to make sure a German scientist helps the British as the cold war starts to heat up.
Show bosses are staying tight-lipped about Bassett’s role except to say she will play an American singer in the drama, which also stars Game Of Thrones actor Alfie Allen, Lindsay Duncan, Robert Glenister and Alfred Molina.[X]
Director-writer Stephen Poliakoff has started to shoot period drama series “Close to the Enemy,” which has been commissioned by the BBC and will be distributed by All3Media Intl.
Jim Sturgess (“One Day”) heads the cast that includes Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel”), Charlotte Riley (“Peaky Blinders”), Phoebe Fox (“Woman in Black 2”) and August Diehl (“Inglourious Basterds”).
The six-part series, which is produced by Little Island Prods. in association with Endor Prods., is mainly set in a bomb-damaged London hotel in the aftermath of World War II.
The series is written and directed by Poliakoff, who most recently helmed and wrote “Dancing on the Edge” for the BBC and Starz. It is produced by Helen Flint, and exec produced by Flint and Hilary Bevan Jones.
It will film in and around Liverpool and London until summer 2015 and will air in 2016.
Close To The Enemy follows intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson (Sturgess), whose last task for the Army is to ensure that a captured German scientist, Dieter (Diehl), starts working for the British RAF on urgently developing the jet engine. With the background of the emerging Cold War, it is clear to all that it’s crucial for British national security that cutting-edge technology is made available to the armed forces as quickly as possible. Callum uses unorthodox methods in his attempt to convince Dieter to work with the British and eventually a friendship develops between the two men, but soon tensions arise as all is not as it seems.
Over the course of the series, Callum encounters a number of other characters whose stories all intertwine. These characters include Victor (Highmore), Callum’s younger brother, struggling to deal with psychological trauma caused by his experience in the fighting; Harold (Molina), a Foreign Office official who reveals some startling truths about the outbreak of the war; Rachel (Riley), an enchanting Anglophile American engaged to his best friend; and Kathy (Fox), a tough young woman working for the War Crimes Unit, fighting to bring war criminals who escaped prosecution to justice. All these characters are trying to rebuild and move their lives forward in the aftermath of the war, a war that scarred them all so deeply.
Producer Helen Flint, a long-time collaborator with Poliakoff on productions such as Shooting The Past and Perfect Strangers, says: “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.”
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The Enneagram system of personality types describes nine distinct personality types and the relationships and interconnections between them. Each type is characterized by specific habits of attention. [x]