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Slim Film + Television brings ‘Legacy’ to BBC Two.


BBC Two has commissioned new one-off, 90-minute Cold War spy drama, ‘Legacy’ from the former managing Director of Kudos Film and Television Simon Crawford Collins‘ new indie production company Slim Film + Television.

The screenplay for the film will be written by Paula Milne (The Politician’s Husband, Endgame) and is based on Alan Judd‘s novel set in 1970s London at the height of the Cold War. It follows a young spy as he uncovers his father’s murky past.

During Crawford Collins’ time as director of Kudos he produced BBC One dramas, Spooks, Hustle and Ashes to Ashes. ‘Legacy’ is the first commission for the indie production company Crawford Collins set up in November 2011.

Crawford Collins said: “My two guiding principles when I set up Slim was that I would only work on projects that I was absolutely passionate about and with people who I love working with. Legacy couldn’t tick those boxes more emphatically.”

Writer and Executive Producer, Paula Milne, says: “Legacy falls well within the genre of the British spy thriller but has an extraordinary personal twist to it which made it really irresistible for me. For what is espionage if not betrayal at the most fundamental level of human interactions? When that occurs within a family… it’s dynamite!”

Ben Stephenson, controller of drama commissioning at the BBC, said: “Legacy is a brilliant twist on a classic genre – a Cold War spy thriller with an emotional beating heart.“

The film is executive produced by Simon Crawford Collins, Paula Milne and Alan Judd for Slim Film + Television and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Directing is Pete Travis (Dredd, Endgame, Omagh) and it will be produced by Rob Bullock (Suspicions Of Mr Whicher, Case Sensitive). Rebecca Ferguson (Spooks) will be script executive.

‘Legacy’ is part of the BBC Two season exploring the Cold War.