The Last Enemy

Benedict Cumberbatch, Max Beesley and Bafta-winner Anamaria Marinca are caught up in a love triangle in The Last Enemy, a visionary new thriller for BBC One from Box TV.

Also starring Robert Carlyle, David Harewood, Eva Birtwistle and Geraldine James, The Last Enemy takes an arresting and compelling look at how technology could transform Britain into a surveillance society – threatening human relationships and destroying trust.

The five-part contemporary drama, by acclaimed screenwriter Peter Berry (Prime Suspect 6, Kiszko – A Life For A Life), follows a group of characters – including a scientist, an aid worker and a desperate father – who are each trying to deal with crises in their own lives when they unwittingly get caught up in a global mystery.

Producer Gub Neal says: “The Last Enemy is an emotional odyssey about a man in search of the truth of what happened to his brother, and to his society. It’s a cautionary tale about technology, with identity cards, biometric tests and armed police becoming an everyday presence in our lives.

“It’s predictive, rather than science fiction, because CCTV cameras and loyalty cards mean we are already being monitored.”

Polly Hill, the BBC’s commissioning editor for independent drama, adds: “The Last Enemy is a sophisticated and intelligent piece in which an innocent man finds himself at the centre of a mystery with far reaching consequences.

“It’s both a love story and a thriller, with plenty to entertain and stimulate viewers. I’m sure it will be food for thought.”

She adds: “Peter Berry’s powerful script will be brought to life by our excellent cast which includes some of the UK’s fresh acting talent. I’m delighted we have secured such a strong ensemble.”

The Last Enemy is the latest in a line-up of dynamic British thrillers on BBC One and follows in the rich footsteps of State Of Play, The State Within and the forthcoming Jekyll.

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