BBC Four acquires Australian thriller ‘The Code’

BBC Four acquires new political conspiracy thriller

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BBC Four has acquired new six-part part Australian thriller, The Code starring Dan Spielman and Ashley Zukerman, in a story of two very different brothers who unearth information that those at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep secret.

The drama also stars, Lucy Lawless (Spartacus, Xena: Warrior Princess), Adam Garcia (Coyote Ugly, Hawthorne), David Wenham (Top Of The Lake, 300), and Aden Young (I Frankenstein, East West 101).

In the middle of the outback, a stolen 4WD collides with a transport truck. Two local kids in the car are badly hurt. Someone should have called for help, but they didn’t. They didn’t because they work for an international research project no-one talks about and their cargo is a prohibited substance.

The accident would have remained a mystery were it not for Ned (Dan Spielman) and Jesse Banks (Ashley Zukerman). Ned is a young internet journalist desperate for a break, and Jesse is his troubled younger brother whose obsession with hacking has got him into serious difficulties.

Ned and Jesse Banks are given a poisoned chalice when a phone video of the outback accident arrives in their in-box. Their decision to dig deeper drags the brothers into the darkest heart of politics, the web of black marketeers and the international agencies that monitor and manipulate them. Together, they suddenly become the unlikeliest crusaders for democracy.

The question is just how far those in authority will go to keep their explosive secret safe – and just how far the two brothers will go to reveal the truth.

Cassian Harrison, Channel Editor, BBC Four, says: “Following the success of The Bridge II and Salamander, both of which attracted audiences of over 1m an episode, I’m delighted to welcome another action-packed thriller to the channel, this time from the striking landscape of Australia – reinforcing BBC Four’s reputation as the home of the best international drama.”

Sue Deeks, BBC Head of Programme Acquisition, says: “The Code is an intelligent and compelling thriller with a top-notch cast in a spectacular landscape – it has all of the ingredients that BBC Four viewers love.”

The Code is created by Shelley Birse and written by Birse, Blake Ayshford and Justin Monjo. Shawn Seet directs, and it is produced by Playmaker’s David Maher, David Taylor and Shelley Birse.