David Thewlis to lead BBC One’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ adaptation

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The cast has been announced for BBC One’s new adaptation of JB Priestley’s classic play An Inspector Calls.

Harry Potter actor David Thewlis will play The Inspector, alongside Ken Stott (The Hobbit) as Arthur Birling and Miranda Richardson (Mapp & Lucia) as his wife Sybil Birling.

The cast also include Chloe Pirrie (Black Mirror), Kyle Soller (Poldark), Sophie Rundle (Happy Valley) and Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders).

Adapted by playwright Helen Edmundson and directed by Aisling Walsh (Room at the Top), An Inspector Calls will air as part of BBC One’s upcoming season of classic 20th century literature adaptations.

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Set in 1912, the detective thriller follows the suicide of a young woman from the local town, an inspector calls unexpectedly to interrogate the wealthy Birling family. As their world unravels, each member of the family is revealed to have unwittingly played a part in her demise. Set at a time when society was transforming and women’s lives were about to change forever, An Inspector Calls is considered to be one of the classics of 20th century theatre.

David Thewlis commented: “An Inspector Calls is a British classic and I am thrilled to be working on this beautiful screen adaptation with Aisling Walsh.”

Executive producer Greg Brenman added: “It’s an incredible honour to be working with such a dream cast and director on this timeless classic, revered by generations all over the world.”

An Inspector Calls begins filming next month in Yorkshire and will air on BBC One later this year.

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