Munich, June 25, 2012. Sundance Channel will co-produce the television adaptation to the international bestselling spy novel “Restless” by William Boyd. Starring Hayley Atwell (“Captain America”), Rufus Sewell (“Pillars of the Earth”), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”), Charlotte Rampling (“Melancholia”) and Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter), the 2 x 90’ event miniseries starts shooting this summer in South Africa and the UK. “Restless” is produced by Endor Productions and is due for transmission on BBC ONE and on Sundance Channel in the US late 2012.
Set against the background of the British Secret Service operations in the USA during World War II, “Restless” tells the gripping story of Eva Delectorskaya, a young Russian recruited as a spy to infiltrate the corridors of power and swinging public opinion toward the US joining the allied war effort.
Written by William Boyd and directed by Edward Hall (“MI5”), “Restless” is produced by Emmy award winner, Hilary Bevan Jones (“State Of Play”, “Girl In The Café”) of Endor Productions. Executive Producers are William Boyd, Matthew Read for BBC and Christian Vesper for Sundance Channel.
Sarah Barnett, General Manager of Sundance Channel, stated, “Restless’ is a compelling new tale of espionage, complete with fresh, arresting characters and surprise at every turn. That – along with the roster of talent associated with this production – makes 'Restless' a perfect addition to our original scripted programming line-up. We aim with our scripted work to create high quality, engaging stories told from a singular point of view – like the Golden Globe® award winning ‘Carlos’ and the Golden Globe nominated ‘Appropriate Adult.’ We're delighted that ‘Restless’ is our next scripted project to air on Sundance.”
Jens Richter, Managing Director of SevenOne International “’Restless’ has all the ingredients for an international TV success: best-selling novel, screenplay written by genius William Boyd and a top-notch cast. We are thrilled to join forces with Sundance Channel on this great project.”
What becomes of your life when everything you thought was solid and certain about it turns out to be a fantastically complicated lie?
This happens to Ruth Gilmartin (Michelle Dockery) when, one day in 1976, her mother Sally (Charlotte Rampling) suddenly tells her she has been living a double life. She is not respectable Sally Gilmartin but in fact Eva Delectorskaya, a spy for the British Secret Service who has been on the run for thirty years.
Eva’s story begins in Paris in 1939. Eva (Hayley Attwell), a beautiful Russian émigré, is recruited for the British Secret by Lucas Romer (Rufus Sewell), a mysteriously alluring Englishman. As Romer trains Eva to become the perfect spy their love affair begins. When a crucial mission collapses in the USA and Eva finds herself in terrible, fatal jeopardy she knows she has no option but to run and hide – forever.
About Sundance Channel
Sundance Channel is the destination for What’s Next, Now. Showcasing both today’s creative icons and the emerging talent of tomorrow, Sundance Channel tells credible, authentic, and emotionally immersive stories of Invention, Fashion, Film, Travel, Design, and Enterprise. Launched in 1996 and owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc, Sundance Channel provides perspectives dedicated to founder Robert Redford’s mission to celebrate creativity. sundancechannel.com
About Endor Productions
Endor Productions is one of the UK’s most dynamic scripted production companies led by Hilary Bevan Jones, a high profile producer with extensive credentials. Hilary has worked on numerous ground breaking and influential drama (“Cracker” for ITV and “Red Dwarf” and “State of Play” for BBC) and has won a primetime Emmy for the acclaimed HBO film “The Girl in the Café”. In 2006, she was also made Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the first woman in its 60 year history to hold this position.
About SevenOne International
SevenOne International is the worldwide programming sales company of Red Arrow Entertainment Group, a ProSiebenSat.1 Group company. ProSiebenSat.1 rank among Europe‘s leading media groups, reaching more than 62 million TV households. SevenOne International offers an extensive portfolio of TV events, TV movies, telenovelas, prime-time series and mini-series, as well as magazine shows and entertainment formats. In addition, SevenOne International markets and co-finances the programs of third-party producers. The company is headquartered in Unterföhring, just outside of Munich.
About Red Arrow Entertainment Group
About Red Arrow Entertainment Group Launched in January 2010 as a ProSiebenSat.1 Group company, Red Arrow combines a dynamic and growing group of 17 TV production companies spanning 9 countries, with powerful creative partnerships, including Dick de Rijk
('You Deserve It'; 'Deal or No Deal') and Genetic Entertainment ('Home Sweet Hotel'; 'Don´t Panic'), and a leading programme distribution house.