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What time is BBC One drama Roadkill on and who is in the cast?

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Fictional politicians but very real drama and suspense in BBC One’s new show. (Picture: BBC/The Forge/Robert Viglasky)

Starting tonight, BBC One will air Roadkill, a riveting political thriller from playwright David Hare, who has previously written The Hours, starring Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep, and The Reader – which won Kate Winslet a best actress Oscar.

Sure to keep viewers hooked, the new series has attracted an impressive number of stars for the cast list.

What is the series about and who is starring – and what time should you tune in?

Here’s what you need to know…

What is Roadkill about?

Celebrating his win in a newspaper libel case, cabinet minister Peter Laurence is summoned to Downing Street to see the Prime Minister Dawn Ellison, who reveals she is looking to promote him to an office of state.

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However, he is soon bought back down to earth with a bump when his special adviser Duncan Knock reveals an inmate in a women’s prison is claiming to have a secret about his past that could affect his future.

Who is in the cast of Roadkill?

Here’s a look at some of the cast appearing throughout the series.

Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie is back in the House – but he’s playing a different type of character (Picture: BBC/The Forge/Robert Viglasky)

Hugh Laurie as Peter Laurence

Laurie will play the Conservative cabinet minister who finds his world rocked by accusations.

Hugh Laurie has said of his character in interviews: ‘He begins the story at mid-cabinet level as Transport Secretary and has ambitions to move up the greasy pole.

‘The story is in some regards about the price he is prepared to pay to get to the top position and the price that he forces everyone else to pay, principally his family but also those who pledge their loyalty to him.

‘He is a man who is relatively free of the gravity of guilt and whose life mission is to keep moving forward and not to look back.’

Laurie will be familiar with viewers for starring in the long-running American medical drama House – which won him two Golden Globes and a handful of Emmy nominations.

He also found a following for his early works alongside Stephen Fry, including Fry & Laurie and Blackadder.

Helen McCrory as PM Dawn Ellison

Helen McCrory
The (fictional) PM has a lot to deal with – but not Covid thankfully (Picture: BBC/The Forge/Robert Viglasky)

McCrory plays the Prime Minister. Helen McCrory says of her character: ‘she doesn’t realise how dangerous he is. I think she realises that he is popular and that he is highly ambitious, as she is, and he is without scruples, as she is. But what she doesn’t realise is how many supporters he has.’

Helen McCrory has played politics before – having appeared as Cherie Blair in the 2006 movie The Queen. She is more recently known for her turn as Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders and Narcissa Malfoy from the Harry Potter movies.

Pip Torrens as Joe Lapidus

Torrens plays Lapidus, a newspaper editor whose newspaper had a court case brought against it by Peter Laurence (Laurie).

Torrens past credits include The Crown (as Tommy Lascelles), Preacher (as Herr Starr), Poldark (as Cary Warleggan), Deep State (as William Kingsley), Patrick Melrose (as Nicholas Pratt), Versailles (Cassel), Doctor Who (as Rocastle).

Sarah Greene as Charmian Pepper

Sarah Greene
What’s the story between Peter and Pepper? (Picture: BBC/The Forge/Robert Viglasky)

Greene plays Pepper, a newspaper reporter, who wrote a story about Peter Laurence. He took the newspaper to court and won the case after Charmian changed her story on the witness stand.

Greene will be familiar with viewers after recently starring as Lorraine in Normal People.

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The cast also includes Pippa Bennett-Warner, Danny Ashok and Patricia Hodge.

How many episodes will there be?

There will be four episodes of the political thriller.

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The first episode airs Sunday, October 18 – with the remaining episodes following over the next three Sundays.

What time is Roadkill on?

The series starts tonight, with the first episode airing at 9pm.

The hour-long episode will air on BBC One, and will be available for catchup on iPlayer.

Road Kill starts tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

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