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SS-GB TV series

In February 2017 the BBC will show on BBC1 TV a five-part adaptation of Len Deighton's counter-factual history epic, SS-GB, about a London under the Nazi jackboot.

It stars British actor Sam Riley as Detective Douglas Archer and Kate Bosworth and Barbara Braga, the two lead characters. In the story, a murder investigated by Archer leads him to discover a terrible truth at the heart of the Nazi-dominated government in the UK and uncover the truth about what happened to the King after the war ended.

The series completed filming in summer 2016 on location in London. The production is led by Sid Gentle Films, and the director is award-winning German director Phillip Kadelbach, making his first series in the UK. The script is by executive producers Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, who have previously written a number of the recent James Bond film scripts, so the likelihood of a gripping drama is very high indeed.

This article in the Daily Mail, with some great pictures, explores the filming that took place in The Mall in London in Summer 2016 and shows a life-size Spitfire replica and Wehrmacht troops outside Buckingham Palace.

The PR campaign has ramped up in January 2017 ahead of the transmission. This article in the Daily Telegraph (behind a paywall) with the writers Neil Purvis and Robert Wade explores the development of the series in more detail.

Come back to this page for more information and news about the new TV series when it broadcasts.

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THE CAST

The Side Gentle Films TV series SS-GB brings together a stellar cast of British, American and German film and television actors.

Already the appointment of Sam Riley as Super-Intendant Douglas Archer of the Metropolitan Police - with his brooding stare, dark hard, gravelly voice and confident air - seems to have been an inspired choice. That Kate Bosworth, a Hollywood star, is in a BBC TV series illustrates the shift in funding from Hollywood to TV in the last decade, as streaming reduces the depth of the border between the two media magisteria.

Find out below more information about the main characters and the actors portraying them.

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    Douglas Archer
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    Barbara Barga
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    Standartenführer Huth
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    Harry Woods

REACTION

SS-GB begins broadcasting on BBC1 on 19 February.

In the run-up to the series, the BBC's PR department has pulled out all the stops to generate world-wide interest in the series, both through highlighting the stellar cast and reminding views of the original Deighton novel on which the story is based.

See below some of the marketing and PR associated with the new series.

SS-GB BBC Trailer

This trailer video from the BBC features the clips from all five episodes of SS-GB, due to be broadcast on Sunday 19 February 2017.


Press coverage

Well in advance of the 19 February launch the media in the UK, and overseas, has been lapping up stories about SS-GB and the "what if" angle around alternate histories, which has been stimulated in part by the success of Amazon's The Man In The High Castle. Much has been made of the casting of Sam Riley as Detective Douglas Archer as well as the visual stories generated through the pictures taken on set, in particular the image of a Spitfire on the Mall and a destroyed Buckingham Palace.

Below is just a selection of the recent pre-screening coverage:

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