The Walking Dead And Sherlock Alums To Lead BBC Two Thriller

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Adaptations of all kinds are currently being produced by networks and anticipated all over the world.

BBC Two added another adaptation to look forward to in the next months: The City and The City, which is going to be a four-part-thriller with a plot that already sounds a bit creepy and just thrilling.

The body of a foreign student is discovered in the streets of the down at heel city of Besźel. Cases like this are run of the mill for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad – until his investigations uncover evidence that the dead girl had come from another city called Ul Qoma. But the relationship between the two cities defies comprehension and will challenge everything Borlú holds dear.

Executive Producer Preethi Mavahalli talked about the upcoming thriller as well, explaining that it is “set in divided cities where communities live cheek by jowl, choosing what they see, and ‘unsee’, this is a story that explores the way we live together today. The City and The City is a noir thriller with a fantastical twist which will quite literally break boundaries with its unique take on the murder mystery.”

However, it is not only the plot that sounds thrilling but also the cast.

David Morrissey, known for his role in The Walking Dead and The Missing and Lara Pulver, known for her portrayal of Irene Adler in Sherlock, are going to lead the cast as Tyador and Katrynia Borlú.

The detective-to-be already seems to be excited about his upcoming involvement in the production, as he is also a huge fan of the author China Miéville.

“I am delighted to be working with the brilliant Tony Grisoni again on this exciting project. I am a huge fan of the original book by China Miéville.”

Although, the actor is not the only one who’s excited to see The City and The City adapted for the screen, but the BBC Two also seems to be absolutely behind their new project.

The City And The City is a truly extraordinary story and Tony Grisoni and Tom Shankland’s vision of it is as humane as it is skillful. I’m delighted that we have such a brilliant cast led by David Morrissey and a production team that have come together to make this distinctive drama for BBC Two,” says Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama.

Others who are going to join Morrissey and Pulver are not so unfamiliar to TV and movie lovers either. The cast also includes Ron Cook (Mr. Selfirdge) as Commissar Gadlem, Brolú’s superior, Christian Camargo (Penny Dreadful) as Doctor Bowden, Madeep Phillon (Some Girls) as Constable Corwi of Beszel Policzai, Maria Schrader (Deutschland 83) as Senior Detective Dhatt of the Ul Qoma Militsya, and Danny Webb (Humans) as Major Syedr.

A release date has not been set yet, but we will definitely keep you up-to-date on BBC Two’s newest thriller.

Anna Hattingen