added: Mon, Feb 6th '17
BBC's new five-part miniseries "SS-GB," starring Sam Riley (Maleficent) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns), is perhaps Britain's answer to Amazon's hit series "The Man in the High Castle."
Adapted from author Len Deighton's 1978 spy thriller of the same name, "SS-GB" is set in an alternate history 1941 world, in which Nazi Germany has managed to conquer the United Kingdom during World War II, and has since taken complete control of London.
The main thrust of the story, however, centers on a puzzling murder investigation conducted by a British homicide detective and family man named Douglas Archer (played by Riley), who works for the now Nazi-run Scotland Yard. The investigation leads to a bigger mystery, possibly concerning an underground British Resistance movement that is presently taking root.
Executive produced and written by "James Bond" screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Skyfall, Spectre) and directed by acclaimed German TV director Philipp Kadelbach (Generation War, Naked Among Wolves), the series co-stars James Cosmo, Maeve Dermody, Aneurin Barnard, Jason Flemyng, and Rainer Bock.
"SS-GB" will premiere in the UK on BBC One sometime in the spring. Watch the newly-released trailer, above.
SS-GB is a complex thriller focusing on British Detective Douglas Archer. Forced to work under the brutal SS in occupied London, Archer is determined to continue to do his job in the service of his country, but against impossible odds.
We first meet Archer in 1941, with the vast majority of England and Wales are under Nazi occupation after losing the Battle of Britain. Pockets of resistance continue to show their defiance against the occupying German forces, but after a German pilot is murdered by a British Resistance fighter, tensions in London could not be higher.
When investigating what appears to be a simple black market murder, Archer is dragged into a much darker and more treacherous world where the stakes are as high as the ultimate outcome of the war. The elusive American journalist Barbara Barga may hold the key - but can he trust her? And when his lover Sylvia endangers her life by bravely making a stand against the oppressive regime, Archer is forced to confront a deeper dilemma. Can he carry out his duty to defend law and order when he is working for the wrong side? What is he willing to risk in the fight against fascism?
directed by Philipp Kadelbach
starring Sam Riley, Kate Bosworth, James Cosmo, Maeve Dermody, Aneurin Barnard, Jason Flemyng, Rainer Bock
release date Spring 2017 (on BBC One)