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BBC and TVP Team Up for Spy Series
April 26, 2012   
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The BBC and Polish public television broadcaster TVP have started work on their first joint television series, entitled The Spies of Warsaw. Filming of the mini-series began April 1 in Warsaw and will continue until the end of June.

The series is scheduled for a simultaneous premiere this autumn on the public TVP1 channel in Poland and BBC4 in Britain, a channel specializing in culture, arts and education.

TVP director Juliusz Braun said the initiative for the co-production had come from the BBC.

The Spies of Warsaw is based on a novel of the same title by American writer Alan Furst. It is set in 1937 and World War II war is imminent. French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death struggle on the espionage battlefield. At the French embassy, the new military attaché, Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw.

Mercier is played by British actor David Tennant, known for his roles in the Doctor Who series and the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie. His sweetheart, Anna, is played by Janet Montgomery, who recently appeared in Black Swan. The cast includes Polish actors Mirosław Zbrojewicz, Radosław Kaim and Piotr Baumann.

The sets for The Spies of Warsaw have been co-designed by Ewa Skoczkowska, who won an Emmy award last year for her work on a documentary entitled Hindenburg: The Untold Story. The cinematographer on the series is Wojciech Szepel. Among the main locations used in the series are the Old Town and National Library in Warsaw, the palace in Nieborów near Warsaw and locations in Cracow.

Based on the Furst novel, the script is a joint effort by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, well known British screenwriters who now live in Hollywood. The Spies of Warsaw is directed by Coky Giedroyc, whose earlier productions include The Virgin Queen (2005), a mini-series about Queen Elizabeth I which was nominated for a BAFTA award.

M.R.
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