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New BBC drama goes on location in city's streets; Six-part series set in aftermath of World War II.

Byline: LORNA HUGHES ECHO Reporter lorna.hughes@trinitymirror.com lorna_hughes @

FILM stars Jim Sturgess and Freddie Highmore were spotted in Liverpool city centre filming scenes for Stephen Poliakoff's latest BBC drama, Close To The Enemy.

The six-part series, which is being filmed in Merseyside and London, is set in a bombdamaged London hotel in the aftermath of World War II.

Scenes have already been filmed on Exchange Flags, in the former Martin's Bank building and The State - an old ballroom-turned nightclub - in Dale Street.

The story follows intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson (Sturgess), whose last task for the Army is to ensure that a captured German scientist, Dieter (August Diehl), starts working for the British RAF on developing the jet engine.

Callum uses unorthodox methods in his attempt to convince Dieter to work with the British and eventually a friendship develops between the two men - but tensions soon arise as all is not as it seems.

Other members of the starstudded cast include Robert Glenister, Alfred Molina, Angela Bassett, Charlotte Riley, Game of Thrones' Alfie Allen, Wolf Hall's Charity Wakefield and Lindsay Duncan.

Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, said Close To The Enemy was a "hugely compelling drama which shines a light on a fascinating piece of British history".

The State, which is being used for interior shots in the drama, is proving increasingly popular with film and TV companies. The last series of Peaky Blinders, which is due to return at the end of the year, also chose it as a location.

The series will film in Liverpool and London until summer, for transmission next year.

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An actor in period dress rides a bicycle, | | left, as stars Jim Sturgess, right, and Freddie Highmore walk down Rodney Street

Pictures: ANDREW TEEBAY The new six-part BBC 2 drama, Close To The Enemy, being filmed on Rodney Street; and, | | inset, above, director Stephen Poliakoff

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:May 6, 2015
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