BBC Two Announces ‘Legacy’ Cast Including Sherlock’s Andrew Scott

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BBC Two announced the star-studded cast of their upcoming 90-minute Cold War thriller, Legacy, while we Americans were busy celebrating the 4th. Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) has landed the lead as Charles Thoroughgood, a young spy who discovers secrets from his father’s past. Joining him in the thrilling espionage drama are The Hour‘s Romola Garai and Sherlock‘s Andrew Scott.

Based on the novel of the same name by Alan Judd, Legacy is set in 1970s London at the height of the Cold War. The film reunites award-winning writer Paula Milne (The Politician’s Husband, Endgame) with Endgame director Pete Travis, for which the duo won the George Foster Peabody Award.

“Legacy falls well within the genre of the British spy thriller but has an extraordinary personal twist,” Milne said in a statement. “For what is espionage if not betrayal at the most fundamental level of human interactions? When that occurs within a family. It’s dynamite!”

The film picks up at the start of Charlie’s training with MI6 when a University association with a Russian soviet lands him his first case. Charlie’s mission to turn the diplomat (Scott) is quickly complicated when the man reveals unsettling information that sends Charlie deep into the world of international intelligence.

In addition to Cox, Garai and Scott, Legacy will also star Olivia Grant (Strike Back), Christian McKay (Tinker Taylor Solider Spy) and Tessa Peake Jones (Marchlands). The film has been commissioned as part of BBC Two’s Cold War moment, which will also feature factual series examining the turbulent historical time period.

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