'Rules of the Game': When is the Maxine Peake drama on TV? Who else does it star? All you need to know

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Maxine Peake leads the cast. (The Forge/Matt Squire)

Enthralling new drama Rules of the Game is set to begin on BBC One, delving into the effects of toxic workplace culture.

Maxine Peake leads the cast in the series as a COO who's always played along with being one of the boys - until two suspicious deaths force her to look a little more closely at their office environment.

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Here's all you need to know about it, including when it's on TV, who else stars in it and what it's about.

When is Rules of the Game on TV?

Rules of the Game begins tonight (Tuesday) on BBC One at 9pm.

The four-part series continues tomorrow night at the same time, and then on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, too.

What is it about?

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Maxine Peake is joined by Ben Batt. (The Forge/Matt Squire)

Sam is hugely successful as COO of the sportswear brand Fly, but she's also ruthless and difficult after spending years playing along with the boys' club at work to get ahead.

But when new HR director Maya begins work, she is forced to open her eyes to the toxic culture she has been a part of creating at work.

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Together, they both start to ask the same questions about Amy, a young female employee who died in suspicious circumstances 10 years earlier after a company party.

But when another shocking death happens on the company premises, Sam is unable to ignore what has been going on under her nose any longer as she is pulled in different directions by her job, her responsibilities to the victims, and her own family.

How culpable is the company - and how much responsibility does Sam herself bear?

Who stars in Rules of the Game?

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Alison Steadman also joins the cast. (The Forge/Matt Squire)

Starring in the lead role as Sam is Maxine Peake.

She said: "It encompasses a lot about acceptable behaviour over the decades, what was seen as acceptable then and what is now. My character is at the centre of this and for me, it’s about whether she is implicit or a victim of this whole dynamic."

Appearing alongside Peake is Rakhee Thakrar, who plays HR director Maya.

Thakrar said: "I feel the story is relevant because these abuses of power are still going on and what we’re seeing now are public bodies helping voices come forward anonymously. I don’t think we had as much licence to do that before and now it’s giving power to the people who were too scared to come out."

The cast also includes Alison Steadman, Zoe Tapper, Ben Batt and Kieran Bew.

Rules of the Game begins tonight (Tuesday) on BBC One at 9pm.

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