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Close to the Enemy

Close to the Enemy is a British period drama miniseries set in the late 1940s in London. It is written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, starring Jim Sturgess, Freddie Highmore, Charlotte Riley, Phoebe Fox, Alfred Molina, Lindsay Duncan, August Diehl, Alfie Allen, Angela Bassett, Antje Traue and Robert Glenister. It premiered in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 10 November 2016.

Close to the Enemy
GenrePeriod drama
Written byStephen Poliakoff
Directed byStephen Poliakoff
Composer(s)Adrian Johnston
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes7
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Helen Flint
Running time58 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorAll3Media International
Original networkBBC Two
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release10 November (2016-11-10) –
22 December 2016 (2016-12-22)
External links
Close to the Enemy at BBC Programmes


Just after World War II ends, Dieter Koehler, a German engineer who specialised in jet aeroplane technology, is seized along with his young daughter Lotte by T-Force. They are taken to Great Britain and detained, where Captain Callum Ferguson is assigned the task of getting Koehler to co-operate with the British government. Ferguson is pressured to get results quickly, while Koehler resists his efforts, resentful of the treatment he and Lotte receive. Several other characters, with questionable agendas of their own, interact with the principals, but to what end?



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [1]
1"Episode 1"Stephen PoliakoffStephen Poliakoff10 November 2016 (2016-11-10)3.22
2"Episode 2"Stephen PoliakoffStephen Poliakoff17 November 2016 (2016-11-17)2.40
3"Episode 3"Stephen PoliakoffStephen Poliakoff24 November 2016 (2016-11-24)2.25
4"Episode 4"Stephen PoliakoffStephen Poliakoff1 December 2016 (2016-12-01)2.11
5"Episode 5"Stephen PoliakoffStephen Poliakoff8 December 2016 (2016-12-08)2.28
6"Episode 6"Stephen PoliakoffStephen Poliakoff15 December 2016 (2016-12-15)2.12
7"Episode 7"Stephen PoliakoffStephen Poliakoff22 December 2016 (2016-12-22)2.14


The Stephen Poliakoff-created seven-part series was announced by BBC Two in March 2015, along with an all-star cast consisting of Jim Sturgess, Freddie Highmore, Charlotte Riley, Phoebe Fox, Alfred Molina, Lindsay Duncan, Robert Glenister, August Diehl, Antje Traue, Angela Bassett and Alfie Allen.[2] The series was acquired for the United States by Starz in September 2015.[3]

Principal photography began in Liverpool in March 2015 with Martins Bank Building, Croxteth Hall, the Adelphi Hotel being amongst some of the locations utilised.[4][5] Filming also took place at the ruins of Witley Court, Worcestershire, the University of Salford, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester Town Hall, Capesthorne Hall, London[6] and Kent at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.[7]

An accompanying interview with the writer, titled Know Your Enemy - Stephen Poliakoff in Conversation, was broadcast on 1 December 2016.[8]


  1. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB.
  2. ^ "BBC Two announces new Stephen Poliakoff drama with stellar cast". BBC. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (14 September 2015). "Starz Acquires Stephen Poliakoff's 'Close To The Enemy' Miniseries". Deadline Hollywood.
  4. ^ Wright, Jade (18 May 2015). "Liverpool filming continues for Stephen Poliakoff drama Close to the Enemy". Liverpool Echo.
  5. ^ Coen, Susie (12 November 2016). "Seven Liverpool locations featured in Poliakoff's drama". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  6. ^ Jaafar, Ali (31 March 2015). "BBC Unveils New Stephen Poliakoff Drama 'Close To The Enemy' With All-Star Cast". Deadline Hollywood.
  7. ^ Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Close to the Enemy Article".
  8. ^ [1]

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