The Capture is a timely espionage thriller that comes amid the hot topic of ‘fake news’ misinformation, and the growing knowledge of how intelligence services tightly surveil the country.
Described as ‘the new Bodyguard’ by it’s captivating leading lady Holliday Grainger, 31, the gripping crime drama is set to be a hit with viewers.
The six-part series taps into the existence of surveillance and how reliable footage is as source evidence in crimes.
Written and directed by Bafta Award-winning filmmaker Ben Chanan, it stars Callum Turner, 29, as hunky soldier Shaun Emery, following in Richard Madden’s footsteps as BBC‘s TV heartthrob.
Callum Turner as Shaun Emery and Holliday Grainger as DI Rachel Carey star in espionage thriller The Capture which begins on BBC One tonight
Captivating leading lady Holliday Grainger is the star of the series playing ice-cool cop Rachel Carey who is drafted in to figure out if she should trust Emery
Holliday Grainger as ice-cool cop DI Rachel Carey
Holliday Grainger plays DI Rachel Carey, who is married to her job and incredibly ambitious.
She’s newly promoted and drafted in to investigate Shaun Emery’s case, and quickly learns that the truth can sometimes be a matter of perspective.
‘No one could foresee the success Bodyguard,’ she told the Mail on Sunday in an interview ahead of the series, ‘but the moment I saw the script for The Capture I knew it had that certain something. It’s a production I would definitely want to watch.’
At 31, Grainger has already appeared in her share of ground-breaking dramas, including JK Rowling’s Strike series, The Borgias and Patrick Melrose, in which she appeared alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.
Grainger spent most of her formative acting years in period dramas (‘seven years in a corset’, she sighs), at one point doing TV versions of four classics in a row.
She prefers to keep schtum about her only saying she isn’t single, and currently owns property in Manchester and London.
Callum Turner’s soldier Shaun Emery has been cleared of a conviction of murder in Afghanistan but damning footage emerges that railroads his freedom
Callum Turner as paranoid soldier Shaun Emery
When Callum Turner’s soldier character Shaun Emery’s conviction for a murder in Afghanistan is overturned because of flawed video evidence, he returns to life as a free man with his young daughter.
But when damning CCTV footage from a night out in London comes to light, Shaun’s life takes a shocking turn and he must soon fight for his freedom once again.
Turner, who has starred in War & Peace, Ripper Street, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald and is a former Burberry model.
Inspired by his mother to become an actor and his love for film sets he has made a name for himself on British television.
He has been dating actress Vanessa Kirby since 2015, who stars in Netflix’s The Crown and most recently Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw.
Hollywood movie stars Ron Perlman and Famke Janssen also appear in the series but their roles remain a mystery
Star-studded Hollywood cast
Grainger and Turner and in good company when it comes to their fellow castmates.
Hollywood heavyweight Ron Perlman, who starred in the Hellboy movie series, as well as Sons of Anarchy, Disney’s Tangled, Blade II reunites with his Fantastic Beasts co-star Turner.
X Men and Taken star Famke Janssen joins the team as well as Laura Haddock, who appeared in the Transformers: The Last Knight and Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Janssen and Perlman’s roles remain a mystery, with Haddock starring as Hannah Roberts – Emery’s possible love interest and who appears to be a member of his legal team.
Laura Haddock plays Hannah Roberts, Emery’s love interest and a member of his legal team who have to fight for his freedom
Soldier Shaun Emery has a short fuse which works against him when it comes to accusations that could threaten his freedom. What appears to be manipulated video footage could jeopardise his future – and he faces a fight on his hands to clear his name
DI Rachel Carey sets out to find the truth and whether she can trust Emery’s version of events
Conspiracy and paranoia-driven storyline
Creator Ben Chanan’s told the Guardian he was inspired by the rise of ‘fake news’ and misinformation, and how video and images play a part in the manipulation.
He told the Guardian: ‘I began to think what if you combined the idea that anything online can be hacked with the fact that video evidence is increasingly integral to our justice system? How if those two things came together, it could create a nightmare scenario.’
It’s no doubt set to leave viewers teetering on the edges of the seats as real fears and concerns are reflected in the series set in a somewhat ‘heightened reality’.
The Capture starts tonight on BBC One at 9pm