Love/Hate star Tom Vaughan-Lawlor plays an anarchist in the BBC's new adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel The Secret Agent.
Toby Jones, Vicky McClure and Stephen Graham head the cast in the production, which is directed by Charles McDougall (Hillsborough, Queer As Folk, The Good Wife). The three-part series is McDougall's first UK drama for a decade, and filming will begin later this month.
Verloc (Jones) is the eponymous hero whose seedy Soho shop hides his role as an agent of the Russian Embassy, spying on a group of London anarchists.
Furious that Britain tolerates violent extremists, the Russians want Verloc to provoke a bomb outrage that will trigger a government crackdown. Caught between the Russians and the British police, Verloc drags his unsuspecting family into a tragic terror plot.Vaughan-Lawlor will also be appearing in Jim Sheridan's adaptation of Sebastian Barry's 2008 novel The Secret Scripture, currently in post-production, and in The Infiltrator, the upcoming crime drama based on the autobiography of a federal customs and excise agent who infiltrates the drugs empire of Pablo Escobar.