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Tom Hughes, Brian Cox to star in BBC One spy drama 'The Game'

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Tom Hughes and Brian Cox are to star in BBC One's new spy drama The Game.

The Cold War thriller - which starts shooting this month - has been devised by Being Human creator Toby Whithouse.

Tom Hughes

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Actor Tom Hughes

Actor Brian Cox

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Brian Cox



The Game will follow the activities of a secret committee investigating a potentially devastating Soviet plot, codenamed Operation Glass.

The head of MI5 - codenamed Daddy (Cox) - assembles a team of top operatives, including troubled but genius interrogator Joe Lambe (Hughes) and the rakish head of counter-espionage Bobby Waterhouse (Paul Ritter).

Making up the rest of the team are Waterhouse's quick-witted deputy Sarah Montag (Victoria Hamilton), her husband Alan (Jonathan Aris) - an expert in bugging and interception - Special Branch detective Jim Fenchurch (Shaun Dooley) and secretary Wendy Straw (Chloe Pirrie).

Each episode, the team will uncover a new Soviet sleeper agent working on Operation Glass in the UK - and each name on their list brings them one step closer to understanding Operation Glass.

Toby Whithouse promised that The Game will be "a thrilling mystery, with exciting and complex characters".

Toby Whithouse

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'Being Human' creator Toby Whithouse



"These are some of the finest actors working in television today and it's an honour to have them on our show," said the writer and executive producer.

Tom Hughes said: "Joe is the type of character that you come across very rarely - on the surface one person, but inside someone entirely different.

"He's running away from himself. It is those parts that always attract me, the ones that don't just tick a box, they challenge. I couldn't be more delighted to have signed up for this project."

Brian Cox added: "I am delighted to be part of the new BBC One drama The Game. The rich character-driven storylines were a real draw, and really capture the intense feeling of the cold war period."

A six-part hour-long drama, The Game will film in Birmingham, London and Wales.

> Being Human creator for new BBC One spy drama

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