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David Tennant, Janet Montgomery to Star in ‘The Spies Of Warsaw’ for BBC Four

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BBC’s digital channel pulls together Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais adaptation of Alan Furst’s acclaimed spy novel.

LONDON – David Tennant (Fright Night, Doctor Who) and Janet Montgomery (Black Swan) are cast to star in an adaptation of Alan Furst’s novel The Spies Of Warsaw for BBC Four.

The script has been written by British writing duo Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and details a spy story set in Poland, Paris, London and Berlin in the years leading up to the Second World War.

Tennant is cast as a military attache at the French embassy drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw.

He is involved in a complicated love affair with a Parisian lawyer played by Montgomery.

The pair join a burgeoning cast for the high end glossy production that already boasts the acting chops of Ludger Pistor (Casino Royale), Ann Eleonora Jørgensen (The Killing), Jan Pohl (Captain America: The First Avenger), Rad Kaim (Harry Brown), Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises), Ellie Haddington (Creation) and Dan Fredenburgh (The Bourne Ultimatum).

Two 90-minute film adaptations of Furst’s novel have been commissioned by BBC Four, one of the U.K. pubcaster’s bouquet of digital channels.

BBC Four controller Richard Klein said: "I think David Tennant playing Mercier and Janet Montgomery as Anna is such an exciting way to explore Furst's hugely convincing central characters, and I am delighted that Ian and Dick have produced such an enthralling script.”

Shooting of the drama will begin next month on location in Poland by British production banner Fresh Pictures for the BBC.

A Fresh Pictures production, it is executive produced by Richard Fell for Fresh and Jamie Laurenson for the BBC, co-produced by Apple Film for TV Poland in association with Arte France and BBC Worldwide.