The City & The City coming to TV in April 2018

Read the latest news on the BBC Two adaptation of China Miéville's award-winning novel, The City & The City, which is airing in April 2018.

18/04/2018
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The City & The City, the multi award-winning novel by China Miéville, has been adapted into a four-part drama series. The book was adapted for the screen by Tony Grisoni of Mammoth Pictures (Poldark) and stars David Morrissey (The Missing, The Walking Dead) as Inspector Tyador Borlú. The series was filmed on location in Manchester and Liverpool.

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Here are the first pictures from the tv adaptation of China Miéville's The City & The City, and of the cities of Ul Qoma and Besźel:

David Morrissey and Mandeep Dhillion in The City & The City

Tyador Borlu played by David Morrissey and Lizabyet Corwi played by Mandeep Dhillion.

David Morrissey in The City & The City

Tyador Borlu, played by David Morrissey in the new adaptation of The City & The City.

Lara Pulver as Katrynia in The City & The City

Katrynia played by Lara Pulver in The City & The City.


Joining David Morrissey in the production are Mandeep Dhillon (Some Girls) as Constable Corwi of the Besźel Policzai, Maria Schrader (Deutschland 83) as Senior Detective Dhatt of the Ul Qoma Militsya, Ron Cook (Mr Selfridge) as Borlú's superior Commissar Gadlem, Danny Webb (Humans) as hard-right nationalist politician Major Syedr, and Christian Camargo (Penny Dreadful) as Doctor Bowden, an American academic. Read more about the cast of The City and The City here.

David Morrissey said: "I am delighted to be working with the brilliant Tony Grisoni again on this exciting project. I am a huge fan of the original book by China Miéville."

Read Tony Grisoni on adapting The City & The City


Read linguist Dr Alison Long on creating the language of Ul Qoma



The City & The City

by China Miéville

Book cover for 9781509886531

The City & The City follows Inspector Tyador Borlú as he investigates the murder of a foreign student whose body is found in the extraordinary, decaying city of Besźel. But as he probes, the evidence begins to point to conspiracies far stranger, and more deadly, than anything he could have imagined. Soon his work puts him and those he cares for in danger. Borlú must travel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own: Ul Qoma, across a border like no other.