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'Line Of Duty' Fans Will Love Helen McCrory's New BBC Drama 'Roadkill'

'Line Of Duty' Fans Will Love Helen McCrory's New BBC Drama 'Roadkill'

Politics seems to pervade every part of our waking lives right now, meaning BBC's upcoming four-part political thriller feels entirely apt.

Roadkill, from Collateral writer David Hare and Line of Duty director Michael Keillor, looks set to be a gripping watch given the state of IRL politics at the moment.

Starring Hugh Laurie and Helen McCroy, the upcoming thriller follows "forceful and charismatic" Conservative politician Peter Laurence (Laurie) who finds himself compromised when his enemies decide to dig up details about his past he'd rather left there.

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"Peter's public and private life seems to be falling apart - or rather is being picked apart by his enemies. With his enemies so close to home, can Peter Laurence ever out-run his own secrets to win the ultimate prize?" says the BBC.

Helen McCroy (Peaky Blinders, MotherFatherSon) takes on the role of prime minister Dawn Ellison, while Pippa Bennett-Warner (Harlots, MotherFatherSon) plays hotshot barrister Rochelle Madeley, Iain De Caestecker (Us, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) stars as political adviser Duncan Knock and Olivia Vinall (The Woman in White, Apple Tree Yard) is prime minister Dawn Ellison's private secretary.

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Hugh Laurie stars as Peter Laurence (Credit: BBC)
Hugh Laurie stars as Peter Laurence (Credit: BBC)

As viewers, we sometimes need to feel like what we're watching is based (however loosely) on real life characters, but writer David Hare has warned viewers will be searching for those links for a long time.

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"Mine is a parallel world to the real one, and there is no secret passage between the two," he said. "You will be wasting your time if you think that the purpose of the series is to work out who everyone is 'meant to be'. In Roadkill, neither Covid nor Brexit consume every politician's waking hour."

Pippa Bennett-Warner plays hotshot barrister Rochelle Madeley (Credit: BBC)
Pippa Bennett-Warner plays hotshot barrister Rochelle Madeley (Credit: BBC)

While there's no current release date for Roadkill yet (BBC tell us all four episodes will be coming to BBC One and inlayer soon), we do have a trailer to give us a taster of what's to come - which you can watch above.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

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