The City & The City coming to TV in April 2018

19 April 2018

The City & The City, the multi award-winning novel by China Miéville, has been adapted into a four-part drama series. The whole series is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now, and the final episode will air at 9pm on Friday 27th April on BBC Two.

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The book was adapted for 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. 

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.


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

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

Katrynia played by Lara Pulver in The City & The City.
All images copyright BBC/Mammoth Screen, photographer Des Willie.

Joining David Morrisey 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
Hear David Morrissey talk about the adaptation of The City & The City in an interview with Sara Cox on BBC Radio Two. 
The City & The City

The City & The City

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.

China Miéville has won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award three times — for Perdido Street Station, Iron Council and The City & The City, and has also won the British Fantasy Award twice. His latest novel, This Census-Taker, is shortlisted for the Rathbone Folio Prize. 

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