London Spy writer Tom Rob Smith pens new BBC Two drama, MotherFatherSon

Political and psychological drama to air in 2018

Tom Rob Smith

BBC Two has commissioned new eight-part political drama, MotherFatherSon, from best-selling author and screenwriter Tom Rob Smith (Child 44, London Spy).

A political and psychological thriller set in London, MotherFatherSon sits at the intersections of police, politics and the press, as much a family saga as it is a savage, unflinching study of power and how even the mightiest of empires can be in peril when a family turns on each other.

Writer Tom Rob Smith says: “I’m delighted to be working with the BBC and executive producer Hilary Salmon from BBC Studios. Hilary’s reputation for producing enthralling thrillers speaks for itself. In addition, it’s very exciting to be joined by producer Alan Poul, many of whose shows have been inspirations to me. After House of Cards crossed the Atlantic, it feels like the perfect time for a provocative new political thriller set in the UK, a notion certainly supported by recent events.”

Patrick Holland, BBC Two Channel Editor, says: “I was a huge fan of London Spy and am absolutely delighted that Tom Rob Smith is writing his next major drama for BBC Two.”

Hilary Salmon, Executive Producer, says: “We are excited to be working with Tom to make this ambitious and timely political thriller with an emotionally enthralling family at its heart. Tom is an exceptional and original author and we are confident that we can produce something special together.”

MotherFatherSon is produced by BBC Studios and will begin filming in 2017 primarily in London for transmission on BBC Two in 2018.