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Keeley Hawes to lead BBC Two's new Cold War spy drama

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 15/05/2018 Rianne Houghton

Keeley Hawes and Lost in Space star Toby Stephens will lead BBC Two's Cold War spy drama Summer of Rockets.: Keeley Hawes to lead BBC Two's new Cold War spy drama © Little Island Keeley Hawes to lead BBC Two's new Cold War spy drama A brand new Cold War-era spy drama is heading our way thanks to BBC Two, and it's lined up a truly stellar cast for our viewing pleasure.

The semi-autobiographical The Summer of Rockets, which will be set in 1958 in the UK, boasts leads in all-round national treasure Keeley Hawes and Lost in Space's Toby Stephens.

The upcoming series will also star Homeland's Linus Roache, who will play an MP, Timothy Spall as Lord Arthur Wallington, Lily Sacofsky, Gary Beadle and Mark Bonnar.

Stephens will take on the role of Samuel, a Russian Jewish inventor and designer of bespoke hearing aids who is enlisted by M15 to demonstrate his skills.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Toby Stephens in The Rockets of Summer (EMB 15/05) © Little Island Toby Stephens in The Rockets of Summer (EMB 15/05) The Summer of Rockets will follow Samuel and his family as the demands from M15 become more intricate and dangerous – particularly when his newly-acquired friends Kathleen (Hawes) and her husband (Roache) are introduced into Samuel's life.

Stephen Poliakoff will write and direct the six-part series, which has already started production in London and Oxford; could Summer of Rockets be our perfect winter-time drama, perhaps?

Stephen Poliakoff wearing a suit and tie: Russell T Davies will bring A Very English Scandal to the BBC in new 3-part series © Getty Images Russell T Davies will bring A Very English Scandal to the BBC in new 3-part series Praising Poliakoff's "unique and original" voice, Toby Stephens said that it was "great" to be working on such a project.

"It's also good to be filming something back home in the UK for the BBC. It's been a while," he added.

Equally excited, Keeley Hawes gushed: "I have wanted to work with Stephen for years, so I'm delighted to be part of such a wonderful cast, and can't wait to spend the summer with them all."

The Summer of Rockets will air on BBC Two.

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