The BBC Press Office has confirmed that Close To The Enemy will debut in November on BBC2, but did not release the actual air date. A ‘Media Centre’ site was opened which contains interviews with director Stephen Poliakoff and the main cast, along with other information regarding the program and the period of British history in which it is set. Here are some excerpts from the interviews:
Q&A with Stephen Poliakoff: Tell us about the hero of the story, Captain Callum Ferguson played by Jim Sturgess.
He is at the centre of it all. I wanted to show someone who is very bright and yet full of fragility. We see him having nightmares from his time fighting in Normandy. That was such a factor back then. So many people had seen things they never thought they would see. There was also a general sense of fury about being so unprepared for the war, that Dunkirk and other disasters took place.
Callum says we must never be caught out again like we were in the war. He is well aware of the huge missed opportunities which ended in devastated cities. He is fuelled by that.
Jim Sturgess is Callum Ferguson: Why is the setting of this drama so effective?
It reflects a key moment in our history. It is the aftermath of the most horrific war our country has known – which is a very good starting point for drama. There are so many stories that haven’t come out about that period. Stephen has done a great job because it’s not a classic war movie. It’s a new way into it. We have all seen a lot of war films, but this is a very delicately woven story about what people are feeling after the war.
August Diehl is Dieter Koehler: How have you found it acting with this terrific cast?
Jim I knew from long ago. I did his first movie with him about 12 or 13 years ago. It was a film called Mouth to Mouth with Ellen Page and a Canadian director, Allison Murray. He had a small part and I did too, so we hung out together. So when I turned up here and saw Jim, it was like, ‘hey!’.
Alfie Allen is Ringwood: You have a lot of scenes with Jim Sturgess, don’t you?
Yes, and it’s been a very nice opportunity to work with him. He is very down to earth, and we really got on. It’s nice to hang on set, and to act with him. He’s such a pro. He is on his feet non-stop during the shoot. It’s great to see someone who can carry that torch of positivity throughout the production.
Freddie Highmore is Victor Ferguson: What has it been like for you working with Jim Sturgess?
Jim’s great, we get along extremely well. We’re kind of like brothers. I don’t really like the word ’banter’, but the banter between the two of them reflects our relationship off set. And Jim is amazing in this, especially because he is in almost every single scene. It’s incredible how extremely dedicated and focused he is in order to pull it off.
Following several recent Acorn TV Originals co-production announcements, Acorn Media Enterprises (AME), the development division for the Acorn brand of RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE), has partnered with All3 Media International and the BBC as the North American co-producer of the thrilling new period drama CLOSE TO THE ENEMY.
President of Acorn Brands at RLJ Entertainment Mark Stevens noted, “After the hugely successful August premiere of Agatha Raisin, our first Acorn TV Original Series, we’re thrilled to offer our subscribers the next Acorn TV Original with the thrilling drama series Close to the Enemy. Award-winning filmmaker Stephen Poliakoff penned the gripping script and directed an incredible cast with a cinematic production set in war-torn Britain.”