Saturday 11 August 2018

Julian Holloway joins the BBC's Summer of Rockets

The BBC have announced a new six part drama series set in the Cold War era, from writer Stephen Poliakoff. Titled Summer of Rockets it will star Keeley Hawes, Toby Stephens, Linus Roache and Timothy Spall. The series is set to be broadcast on BBC2. 

So why am I telling you this? Well the cast of the production features none other than Carry On favourite Julian Holloway, playing a Mr Richardson. Julian of course playing in eight Carry Ons from Follow That Camel in 1967 through to Carry On England in 1976 and also popped up in various different costumes during the 1973 Carry On Christmas television special. 

I recently interview Julian for the blog and you can find that here and here.

This from the BBC:

Set in the UK during the Cold War period and tumultuous year of 1958, fear and excitement of the future permeates the lives of all.
Samuel, played by Toby Stephens (Lost In Space, Die Another Day, Black Sails), is a 40 something Russian Jewish émigré, inventor and designer of bespoke hearing aids, whose clients include former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. The series follows Samuel and his family, wife Miriam and children Hannah and Sasha, as he is approached by MI5 to demonstrate his work.
Yet it is not his inventions the operatives require - instead Samuel is tasked with the secret mission of obtaining information about his charming, newly acquired friends Kathleen, played by Keeley Hawes (Line Of Duty, Bodyguard) and her husband Richard Shaw MP, played by Linus Roache (Vikings, Homeland) through whom Samuel also meets the impressive Lord Arthur Wallington, played by Timothy Spall (Mr Turner, The Street). As Samuel’s life becomes more and more intertwined with his mission, how far is he willing to let things unravel for his cause? And who can he truly trust?
Set against the backdrop of Britain testing its first hydrogen bomb, the Prime Minister declaring that “most of our people have never had it so good”, the Soviets launching their first ballistic missile and beating the Americans by successfully sending a Satellite into space, the series written and directed by the multi-award-winning Stephen Poliakoff will offer a personal insight into this unforgettable time in British history, through a lens very close to his heart.

Sounds an interesting production! No details yet on when it will air but I'll update you when I know more. It'll be great to see Julian back on our screens, on this side of the Atlantic! 

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