Cannes/Munich, October 9th, 2012.
ProSiebenSat.1 Media Group picks up the German rights to the television adaptation of William Boyd’s international bestselling spy novel “Restless”. Starring Hayley Atwell (“Captain America”), Rufus Sewell (“Pillars of the Earth”), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”), Charlotte Rampling (“Melancholia”) and Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter), the 2 x 90’ event miniseries filmed in South Africa and the UK is produced by Endor Productions.
Set against the background of the British Secret Service operations in the USA during World War II, “Restless” tells the gripping story of Eva Delectorskaya, a young Russian recruited as a spy to infiltrate the corridors of power and swinging public opinion toward the US joining the allied war effort.
Irina Ignatiew, Regional Sales Director German-Speaking Countries at Red Arrow International says: “‘Restless’ is a compelling spy-thriller with all the ingredients for success: based on a best-selling novel by William Boyd, a screenplay written by the author himself and a terrific cast. ProSiebenSat.1 Media has a reputation for amazing miniseries and we are thrilled that ‘Restless’ is one of them.”
Written by William Boyd and directed by Edward Hall (“MI5”), “Restless” is produced by Emmy Award winner, Hilary Bevan Jones (“State Of Play”, “Girl In The Café”) of Endor Productions. Executive Producers are William Boyd, Matthew Read for BBC and Christian Vesper for Sundance Channel.
What becomes of your life when everything you thought was solid and certain about it turns out to be a fantastically complicated lie?
This happens to Ruth Gilmartin (Michelle Dockery) when, one day in 1976, her mother Sally (Charlotte Rampling) suddenly tells her she has been living a double life. She is not respectable Sally Gilmartin but in fact Eva Delectorskaya, a spy for the British Secret Service who has been on the run for thirty years.
Eva’s story begins in Paris in 1939. Eva (Hayley Attwell), a beautiful Russian émigré, is recruited for the British Secret Service by Lucas Romer (Rufus Sewell), a mysteriously alluring Englishman. As Romer trains Eva to become the perfect spy their love affair begins. When a crucial mission collapses in the USA and Eva finds herself in terrible, fatal jeopardy she knows she has no option but to run and hide – forever.
About Endor Productions
Endor Productions is one of the UK’s most dynamic scripted production companies led by Hilary Bevan Jones, a high profile producer with extensive credentials. Hilary has worked on numerous ground breaking and influential drama (“Cracker” for ITV and “Red Dwarf” and “State of Play” for BBC) and has won a primetime Emmy for the acclaimed HBO film “The Girl in the Café”. In 2006, she was also made Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the first woman in its 60 year history to hold this position.
About Red Arrow International:
Red Arrow International (formerly: SevenOne International) is the worldwide programming sales company of Red Arrow Entertainment Group. By marketing the group’s projects and third-party producers, Red Arrow International offers an extensive portfolio of fictional and factual programming plus a strong format line-up.
Led by Jens Richter, Red Arrow International is a gap financer and secures international co-production and co-financing partners. Launched in January 2010, Red Arrow Entertainment Group combines a dynamic and growing group of 18 TV production companies spanning 9 countries, with powerful creative partnerships, including Dick de Rijk (“You Deserve It”; “Deal or No Deal”) and Omri Marcus (“Eye Contact”). Red Arrow Entertainment Group is a ProSiebenSat.1 Group company which belongs to Europe‘s leading media groups, reaching more than 62 million TV households.
About Red Arrow Entertainment Group
Launched in January 2010 as a ProSiebenSat.1 Group company, Red Arrow combines a dynamic and growing group of 18 TV production companies spanning 9 countries, with powerful creative partnerships, including Dick de Rijk ('You Deserve It'; 'Deal or No Deal') and Genetic Entertainment ('Home Sweet Hotel'; 'Don´t Panic'), and a leading programme distribution house.