One of the backers behind the new BBC 4 drama, The Spies Of Warsaw, that will star David Tennant and Janet Montgomery has been revealed to be TV chef Jamie Oliver.
Jamie Oliver rose to fame as the BBC’s Naked Chef in the 1990s and is now a restaurateur and food campaigner. He launched his own production company, Fresh One, in 2000, and has been producing food-related shows and more recently arts programmes and documentaries. Recently he launched Fresh Pictures, a new division of Fresh One with the intention of moving into TV drama.
BBC Four have commissioned Fresh Pictures to co-produce the two-part drama, which is adapted by Dick Clement and Ian le Frenais from the novel by Alan Furst. It is said by a source to be “…Jamie’s first step into drama”.
David Tennant plays Jean-François Mercier in the drama opposite Janet Montgomery as Anna Szarbek. Also among the cast are Torchwood star Burn Gorman as Jourdain and Anton Lesser, with whom David recently starred in BBC Radio 4 drama Waiting For The Boatman. The Spies Of Warsaw is a co-production between Fresh Pictures on behalf of BBC Worldwide, TV Poland and ARTE France and is to be shot on location in Poland. BBC Four controller Richard Klein describes it as “a tense, passionate and sexy love story set against the increasingly strident clang of coming war”.
By coincidence, it was Jamie Oliver’s casual pairing of sports shoes and a suit that inspired the combination of suit and Converse that made up the Tenth Doctor’s iconic costume during David’s tenure on Doctor Who.
Source: London Evening Standard