An acclaimed gay author will be penning a new drama about a gay spy for the BBC.
Tom Rob Smith, the author of Child 44, will be writing the five-part hour long contemporary thriller London Spy.
The story will look at Danny, described as a ‘gregarious, hedonistic, but ill-equipped spy’ who falls for the ‘anti-social and enigmatic’ Alex.
But as they get closer, Alex disappears leaving Danny to pick up the pieces and track him down.
The drama will be going into production later this year and is expected to be lined up to air in 2015.
Polly Hill, BBC head of independent drama commissioning, said: ‘This is a beautifully written love story, caught up in a spy thriller – a wonderfully complex and surprising story, of one man’s search for the truth.
‘It promises to be a treat for the BBC2 audience, continuing the channel’s commitment to original authored drama.’
Rob Smith’s award-winning Child 44 is currently being adapted into film by Gladiator director Ridley Scott.