The City & The City coming to TV in 2018
The City & The City, the multi award-winning novel by China Miéville, is being adapted into a four-part drama series for BBC Two.
The book has been adapted for screen by Tony Grisoni of Mammoth Pictures (Poldark) and will star David Morrissey (The Missing, The Walking Dead) as Inspector Tyador Borlú.
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."
The series will be filmed on location in Manchester and Liverpool this spring, with the release date yet to be confirmed, but is currently pencilled in for early 2018. Each of the four episodes will be sixty minutes long, and will air on BBC Two in the UK.
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.