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First Look: SS-GB

SS-GB, a new series adapted from Len Deighton’s 1978 novel and starring Sam Riley (Control, Maleficent, Pride And Prejudice and Zombies) and Kate Bosworth (Still Alice, 90 Minutes In Heaven), begins on BBC One this month. Set in Nazi-occupied London, the five-part thriller is based on the premise that the Germans won the Battle of Britain.

SS-GB is a complex thriller focusing on British Detective Douglas Archer (Sam Riley). Forced to work under the brutal SS in occupied London, Archer is determined to continue to do his job in the service of his country, but against impossible odds.

We first meet Archer in 1941, with the vast majority of England and Wales are under Nazi occupation after losing the Battle of Britain. Pockets of resistance continue to show their defiance against the occupying German forces, but after a German pilot is murdered by a British Resistance fighter, tensions in London could not be higher.

When investigating what appears to be a simple black market murder, Archer is dragged into a much darker and more treacherous world where the stakes are as high as the ultimate outcome of the war. The elusive American journalist Barbara Barga (Kate Bosworth) may hold the key – but can he trust her? And when his lover Sylvia endangers her life by bravely making a stand against the oppressive regime, Archer is forced to confront a deeper dilemma. Can he carry out his duty to defend law and order when he is working for the wrong side? What is he willing to risk in the fight against fascism?

The series, produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd, has been adapted from Len Deighton’s intriguing, alternate history novel of the same name by BAFTA award-winners Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Spectre, Skyfall, Casino Royale).

Sam Riley said, “Archer is a 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.”

Kate Bosworth added, “I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of this incredible team, bringing an iconic novel to the screen.”

Further cast includes Jason Flemyng (The Missing) as Colonel Mayhew, James Cosmo (Game Of Thrones) as DS Harry Woods, Aneurin Barnard (Cilla) as PC Jimmy Dunn and Maeve Dermody (Serangoon Road) as Sylvia Manning, as well as German actor Rainer Bock (Inglorious Basterds) as Fritz Kellermann.

Don’t miss the first episode of SS-GB on Sunday 19th February at 9pm on BBC One.

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