Danny Boy: Anthony Boyle and Toby Jones star in tense new trailer for Iraq War drama

Katie Rosseinsky
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Soldier Brian Wood received the Military Cross for bravery while serving in Iraq, but nine years later found himself branded a murderer and embroiled in one of Britain’s biggest ever public enquiries.

Danny Boy, a new one-off drama from the BBC, will explore Wood’s true story, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child star Anthony Boyle taking on the role of the veteran falsely accused of war crimes.

Toby Jones will star opposite Boyle as Phil Shiner, the Iraq Historical Abuse Team’s star human rights lawyer who brought the case against Wood as part of the Al-Sweady Inquiry.

The two men go head to head in a moral conflict that moves from the battlefield to the courtroom.

Anthony Boyle stars as veteran Brian WoodBBC/Expectation TV/Robert Viglasky
Anthony Boyle stars as veteran Brian WoodBBC/Expectation TV/Robert Viglasky

In the first trailer, released today, we see Shiner telling his legal colleagues that “British soldiers get away with murder,” before Wood states: “If these people want to make war a crime, it’s up to them, but I fought for my country and I’m proud of what I did.”

The clip also hints at how the drama will explore the fallout of the case on Wood’s family, with his young son shown telling him: “A boy at school says you’re a murderer.”

Toby Jones plays lawyer Phil ShinerBBC/Expectation TV/Robert Viglasky
Toby Jones plays lawyer Phil ShinerBBC/Expectation TV/Robert Viglasky

Boyle and Jones will be joined by Leah McNamara, who stars as Wood’s wife Lucy; Alex Ferns, who plays his father Gavin; and Pauline Turner as his mother Margaret.

The 90-minute programme is directed by Sam Miller, best known for his work on Luther and I May Destroy You.

Danny Boy will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in the spring

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