Edinburgh: Channel 4 Orders North Korea Political Thriller By Matt Charman

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It’s Channel 4 day here in Edinburgh. CEO David Abraham is giving the annual MacTaggart speech this evening at the TV Festival, and the company earlier announced it had taken minority stakes in four British indies. It’s also come forth with a quartet of commissions including North Korean political thriller Opposite Number. The 10-part action series explores the closed worlds of North Korea and the charged nexus of relationships between London and Washington, from power-players to opposing CIA and MI6 agents secretly deployed on the ground in Pyongyang. Matt Charman, whose untitled Cold War project will be directed by Steven Spielberg and star Tom Hanks, penned the series. It’s produced by Mammoth Screen (Parade’s End) and hails from C4’s newly formed international drama division. Mammoth Screen and ITV Studios Global Entertainment are actively looking for an international partner on the project which kicks off…

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