Created by Jimmy McGovern, Reg is based on the true story of an ambulance paramedic who stood in the UK’s 2005 General Election on an anti-war ticket and opposing Tony Blair. Tim Roth, who’s next up in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, will play Reg Keys whose son died in the Iraq War in 2003. Anna Maxwell Martin (Philomena) will play his wife.
After Tom Keys was one of six Royal Military Policemen murdered in Al Majar, Iraq, questions began to arise around the events that led to his death. Reg Keys and his wife also began to question the legitimacy of the war as a whole. With the New Labour government and Prime Minister Tony Blair refusing to answer, Reg decided to stand as an independent candidate in Blair’s own constituency.
The 90-minute drama is being made by LA Productions for BBC One with Colin McKeown and Donna Molloy producing. McGovern’s credits include BAFTA nominees Common and The Accused.