Close to the Enemy TV Series Overview (2016)


Close to the Enemy is a 2016 British period drama miniseries set in the late 1940s in London.


Just after World War II ends, Dieter Koehler, a German engineer who specialised in jet aeroplane technology, is seized along with his young daughter Lotte by T-Force. They are taken to Great Britain and detained, where Captain Callum Ferguson is assigned the task of getting Koehler to co-operate with the British government. Ferguson is pressured to get results quickly, while Koehler resists his efforts, resentful of the treatment he and Lotte receive. Several other characters, with questionable agendas of their own, interact with the principals, but to what end?


  • Jim Sturgess as Captain Callum Ferguson.
  • Freddie Highmore as Victor Ferguson.
  • Charlotte Riley as Rachel Lombard.
  • Phoebe Fox as Kathy Griffiths.
  • Alfred Molina as Harold Lindsay-Jones.
  • Ciara Charteris as Lucy Lindsay-Jones.
  • Lindsay Duncan as Frau Bellinghausen.
  • Alfie Allen as Ringwood.
  • Angela Bassett as Eva.
  • Robert Glenister as Brigadier Wainwright.
  • August Diehl as Dieter Koehler.
  • Antje Traue as Bergit Mentz.
  • Lucy Ward as Lotte Koehler.
  • Sebastian Armesto as Alex Lombard.
  • Julian Bleach as Geoffrey Slater.
  • Charity Wakefield as Julia.
  • Aleksandar Jovanovic as Horst Kleinow.
  • Andrew Price as Maître D’.


The Stephen Poliakoff-created seven-part series was announced by BBC Two in March 2015, along with an all-star cast consisting of Jim Sturgess, Freddie Highmore, Charlotte Riley, Phoebe Fox, Alfred Molina, Lindsay Duncan, Robert Glenister, August Diehl, Antje Traue, Angela Bassett and Alfie Allen. The series was acquired for the United States by Starz in September 2015.

Principal photography began in Liverpool in March 2015 with Martins Bank Building, Croxteth Hall, the Adelphi Hotel being amongst some of the locations utilised. Filming also took place at the ruins of Witley Court, Worcestershire, the University of Salford, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester Town Hall, Capesthorne Hall, London and Kent at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

An accompanying interview with the writer, titled Know Your Enemy – Stephen Poliakoff in Conversation, was broadcast on 01 December 2016.

Close to the Enemy Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Stephen Poliakoff … (7 episodes, 2016).
  • Producer(s):
    • Hilary Bevan Jones … executive producer (7 episodes, 2016).
    • Helen Flint … producer / executive producer (7 episodes, 2016).
    • Suzan Harrison … executive producer (7 episodes, 2016).
    • Stephen Poliakoff … executive producer (7 episodes, 2016).
    • Jean Holdsworth … line producer (6 episodes, 2016).
  • Writer(s):
    • Stephen Poliakoff … (7 episodes, 2016).
  • Music:
    • Adrian Johnston … (7 episodes, 2016).
  • Cinematography:
    • Ashley Rowe … (6 episodes, 2016).
  • Editor(s):
    • Chris Wyatt … (7 episodes, 2016).
  • Production:
    • Little Island Productions.
  • Distributor(s):
    • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (2016) (UK) (TV) (BBC Two).
  • Release Date: 10 November 2016 to 22 December 2016.
  • Running Time: 58 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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