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BBC orders Laurie, Hare thriller

Hugh Laurie will play the lead role in David Hare’s Roadkill

The BBC in the UK is lining up a new political thriller starring House and The Night Manager star Hugh Laurie, penned by celebrated writer David Hare.

Roadkill is a four-part fictional thriller about a self-made, forceful and charismatic Conservative Party politician whose public and private life is picked apart by his enemies.

Written by Hare (Collateral, The Hours) and produced by The Forge (National Treasure, Kiri), the series will air on the UK pubcaster’s flagship channel, BBC1.

Roadkill was commissioned by BBC drama controller Piers Wenger and content boss Charlotte Moore. It will be directed by Michael Keillor (Line of Duty, Chimerica) and the exec producers are Hare, George Faber and Mark Pybus for The Forge, plus Lucy Richer for the BBC and Michael Keillor.

Hare said: “I first worked with Hugh Laurie in 1987 when he set off on his riveting change of direction from adroit comedian to commanding dramatic actor. I can’t wait to see him embody the fictional future of the Conservative Party in Roadkill.”

Wenger said: “Roadkill is a thriller which explores the relationship between personal morality and political power. Hugh Laurie is an incredible actor who will play this fictional role with utter conviction.”

Laurie is being honoured at the Edinburgh Television Festival today with an Outstanding Achievement Award.

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