Hugh Laurie (Jeeves & Wooster, Blackadder, The Night Manager, House) and Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders, MotherFatherSon) have been cast in Roadkill, a new 4-part political thriller from David Hare (Collateral, The White Crow) which will come to PBS’ Masterpiece series and BBC1 next year.
According to PBS Masterpiece producers, Roadkill is about Peter Laurence (Hugh Laurie), a self-made forceful and charismatic politician. Peter’s public and private life seems to be falling apart – or rather is being picked apart by his enemies. As the personal revelations spiral, he is shamelessly untroubled by guilt or remorse, expertly walking a high wire between glory and catastrophe as he seeks to further his own agenda while others plot to bring him down. However, events show just how hard it is, for both an individual and a country, to leave the past behind. With enemies so close to home, can Peter Laurence ever out-run his own secrets to win the ultimate prize?
McCrory, who was recently added to the cast, will play Tory Prime Minister Dawn Ellison, a conservative leader who is barely clinging to power. In a recent interview with The Daily Mail, creator/writer Hare was quick to comment that McCrory’s PM isn’t meant to be a carbon copy of either Margaret Thatcher or Teresa May.
“Unfortunately, we’re so short on role models of a woman prime minister that people will think it’s one of the two, but I promise you it’s neither.” He added that Roadkill is about ‘the future of the Conservative Party but after Brexit’ while, at the same time, insisting that the series is ‘not remotely about Boris Johnson, Theresa May or Brexit’ and ‘is not in any way based on real people’.
Joining Laurie and McCrory in the cast are Sidse Babett Knudsen (The Accident, Westworld), Sarah Greene (Dublin Murders, Normal People), Patricia Hodge (Rumpole of the Bailey, A Very English Scandal, Miranda), Ophelia Lovibond (W1A, Guardians of the Galaxy, Elementary, Mr. Sloane, Rocketman) and Millie Brady (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).
Roadkill will make its way to the BBC1 and PBS schedules next year.