Tim Roth, Anna Maxwell-Martin to star in Jimmy McGovern drama, Reg

Stellar cast leads Iraq War drama!

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Legendary actor Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, Lie To Me) and BAFTA award-winning actress Anna Maxwell Martin (Accused, Death Comes To Pemberley) are to star in Jimmy McGovern’s new BBC One drama, Reg.

Reg is a 90-minute drama that tells the true story of one man who takes on the British Prime Minister over Britain’s participation in the Iraq War.

Reg Keys is on a journey of grief and defiance after his son Tom Keys is one of six RMPs murdered in Al Majar, Iraq. As Reg and his wife Sally have their lives torn apart, questions begin to arise not only around the events that led to their son’s death but also the legitimacy of the war as a whole. Left with questions that the New Labour government and Prime Minister Tony Blair refuse to answer, Reg decides to stand as an independent candidate in Blair’s own constituency of Sedgefield.

Jimmy McGovern (Banished, Common, The Accused) says: “It was an honour to meet Reg Keys, a truly remarkable man, and it has been a privilege to tell this part of his story.

“When Bob Pugh and I finished the script, they asked me who, in an ideal world, would play the parts of Reg and Sally. Tim Roth and Anna Maxwell Martin, I replied, never dreaming we’d get either. We got both and I am absolutely over the moon.”

Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “To have stellar talent, Tim Roth and Anna Maxwell Martin, playing such important and pivotal roles is testament to Jimmy’s honest and gripping writing. With the combination of talent and such a heart-wrenching true story, Reg is sure to bring something unique, special and memorable to BBC One.”

Reg is produced by LA Productions for BBC One. David Blair (Common, Accused, The Street) will direct.