Campbell, Whitford 'Burn Up' for Beeb


TORONTO -- Neve Campbell, Bradley Whitford and Rupert Penry-Jones are toplining the BBC miniseries "Burn Up," which began production Wednesday in Calgary.

The conspiracy thriller, which will also to on Global Television in Canada, is a Canadian-British co-production from Calgary-based Seven24 Films and London-based Kudos Film and Television.

The miniseries was penned by "The Full Monty" scribe Simon Beaufoy and portrays a clash over climate change between environmental activists, local politicians and oil company executives.

Alchemy Television is handling worldwide distribution for the CAN$15 million project, which is set for a spring broadcast in Canada and the U.K.

Omar Madha ("Clocking Off") is directing "Burn Up," which will shoot in Calgary through Dec. 18 and then shift to London in January.