Traitors is Chanel 4’s new thrilling spy drama – who’s the cast and what can we expect?
Traitors (previously known as Jerusalem) is a new six-part series air on Channel 4 in the U.K. and Ireland while it’ll be available to watch on Netflix elsewhere.
Created by multiple award-winning playwright and screenwriter Bash Doran (Boardwalk Empire, Looming Tower, Masters of Sex), Traitors is her first original commission for British TV, with award-winning directors Dearbhla Walsh and Alex Winckler at the helm bringing the new series to life.
Traitors airs on Sunday nights on Channel 4 from 9PM, starting February 17.
The cast includes Emma Appleton (Clique) as Feef Symonds, Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard, The Missing, Line of Duty) as Priscilla, Michael Stuhlbarg (Shape Of Water, The Looming Tower, The Post, Boardwalk Empire) as Rowe and Luke Treadaway (Ordeal by Innocence, Fortitude, Unbroken) as Hugh
They’re joined by Brandon P Bell (Dear White People) as Jackson, Stephen Campbell Moore (The Last Post, The Child in Time) as Philip and Matt Lauria (Kingdom, Parenthood) as Peter.
Traitors is produced by Twenty Twenty Productions (part of Warner Bros International Television Production based in the UK) and 42 for Channel 4 and Netflix. Executive producers are Eleanor Moran, Rory Aitken, Emma Willis, Tim Carter and Bash Doran with Rhonda Smith as producer. Sales are handled by all3media international.
Traitors is a compulsive spy thriller that takes us behind the scenes of a seismic moment in global history, through the eyes of one young woman caught in the middle of it.
An intimate epic set in 1945 London, Traitors is the dangerous, enthralling story of Feef, who is seduced by a rogue American spy into spying on her own country. Her task? To uncover a Russian agent in the heart of the British Government.
In the first episode, Feef (Emma Appleton) is midway through training to spy in Nazi enemy territory. She longs for adventure, but her dreams are thwarted by the end of the war, which also forecasts the end of her thrilling affair with her older US secret-service lover Peter (Matt Lauria).
Instead, Feef finds herself shunted into totally different enemy territory; a mundane desk job within the British civil service. So when she’s approached by Peter and his colleague Rowe (Michael Stuhlbarg), they offer her purpose – to use her position to collaborate with the Americans against the burgeoning Soviet threat. But unknown to Feef, Rowe has a hidden agenda.
After the shockwave of Hiroshima seals the outcome of WWII, US President Truman disbands his wartime secret service. Rowe, however, is not built for civilian life. He foresees the Cold War and is determined to prove to Washington that America needs its own intelligence agency.
Feef has inadvertently signed up to a dangerous but exhilarating mission: to get into the heart of government, and to become closer to Hugh (Luke Treadaway), the charismatic young Labour MP who is drawn to her.
There are six episodes of Traitors. You can watch online and catch up via All4 in the UK.