Keeley Hawes to lead BBC Two's new Cold War spy drama

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Photo credit: Little Island

From Digital Spy

A brand new Cold War-era spy drama is heading our way thanks to BBC Two, and it's lined up a truly stellar cast for our viewing pleasure.

The semi-autobiographical The Summer of Rockets, which will be set in 1958 in the UK, boasts leads in all-round national treasure Keeley Hawes and Lost in Space's Toby Stephens.

The upcoming series will also star Homeland's Linus Roache, who will play an MP, Timothy Spall as Lord Arthur Wallington, Lily Sacofsky, Gary Beadle and Mark Bonnar.

Stephens will take on the role of Samuel, a Russian Jewish inventor and designer of bespoke hearing aids who is enlisted by M15 to demonstrate his skills.

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Photo credit: Little Island

[Toby Stephens]

The Summer of Rockets will follow Samuel and his family as the demands from M15 become more intricate and dangerous – particularly when his newly-acquired friends Kathleen (Hawes) and her husband (Roache) are introduced into Samuel's life.

Stephen Poliakoff will write and direct the six-part series, which has already started production in London and Oxford; could Summer of Rockets be our perfect winter-time drama, perhaps?

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Photo credit: Getty Images

[Stephen Poliakoff]

Praising Poliakoff's "unique and original" voice, Toby Stephens said that it was "great" to be working on such a project.

"It's also good to be filming something back home in the UK for the BBC. It's been a while," he added.

Equally excited, Keeley Hawes gushed: "I have wanted to work with Stephen for years, so I'm delighted to be part of such a wonderful cast, and can't wait to spend the summer with them all."

The Summer of Rockets will air on BBC Two.

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