Content Television has sold upcoming BBC drama The Secret Agent to RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn in the U.S. The four-part period series is due to air on BBC One later this year and will stream in the U.S via Acorn TV, a major purveyor of British drama which last year scored its first-ever Emmy nomination with Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case.
From Line Of Duty and Bletchley Circle producers, World Productions, The Secret Agent is the adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s classic novel of terrorism, espionage and betrayal. BAFTA-winning writer Tony Marchant (Great Expectations) penned the transfer.
The psychological thriller follows the story of Verloc (Jones), owner of a seedy shop in the heart of Soho. Unbeknownst to his loyal wife Winnie (McClure), Verloc also works for the Russian embassy, spying on a group of anarchists. The Russians are furious with the English establishment’s indifference to the anarchist threat gripping the rest of Europe. So Verloc is assigned a mission: blow up the Greenwich Observatory and make it look like a terrorist attack to provoke a crackdown. Should he fail, Verloc’s real identity as a spy will be exposed to his vicious comrades.