Bafta award-winning writer and director Dominic Savage returns to the BBC with Freefall – a powerful drama which explores the human side of the global financial crisis, broadcast on BBC Two and simulcast on BBC HD.

Freefall, on Tuesday 14 July 2009 from 9.00 to 10.30pm, tackles head on the extraordinary times we are living through, focusing on the events that caused so many lives to spiral into financial turmoil giving a unique insight into the meltdown of the past year.

An all-star cast is headed by Aidan Gillen (The Wire, Queer As Folk), Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia!, Sense And Sensibility), Joseph Mawle (The Passion, Foyle’s War), Rosamund Pike (Love In A Cold Climate, Pride And Prejudice) and Anna Maxwell Martin (White Girl, Bleak House). Riz Ahmed (Road To Guantanamo, Dead Set), Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding and Alfie Allen (Atonement, Casualty 1907) also star.

Tautly and delicately interwoven, the film follows the lives of three men with everything on the line.

Gus (Aidan Gillen) is the high-flying city executive who packages and sells bundles of mortgages for extortionate profit. Dave (Dominic Cooper) is the mortgage broker who can make anything happen. And when he bumps into hard-working family man Jim (Joseph Mawle), his old school friend, he offers him a way out of the council flat he has been stuck in for years. It’s an offer that is too good to refuse; a way of fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a homeowner.

But when the market collapses, each character is confronted by a shocking, revelatory truth that shines a burning light on the new realities we face.

Written and directed by Dominic Savage (Born Equal, Love + Hate), the producers are David Thompson (Revolutionary Road, Billy Elliot, Notes On A Scandal) and Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo (Poppy Shakespeare, Shoot The Messenger).

Freefall is the first production from Origin Pictures – the new production company of Golden Globe, Emmy and Bafta award-winning producer David Thompson (former head of BBC Films).

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