Set in 1970s London during the height of the Cold War, Legacy is a gripping espionage thriller directed by Pete Travis (Dredd, Endgame, Omagh), with a screenplay by Paula Milne (The Virgin Queen, Small Island, Endgame). Adapted from Alan Judd’s novel and commissioned as part of BBC Two’s Cold War season, the 90-minute film stars Charlie Cox, Andrew Scott, Simon Russell Beale and Romola Garai.

1974 – the middle of the Cold War. Charles Thoroughgood (Cox), a trainee spy in MI6’s Britain’s Secret Service, is asked to revive his former friendship with Russian Diplomat Viktor Koslov (Scott) with a view to “turning” him. When Viktor reveals a shocking truth about Charles’ family that threatens to derail him both personally and professionally, Charles is catapulted into a dangerous personal odyssey to uncover the truth.


Charles Thoroughgood: Charlie Cox

Anna March: Romola Garai

Hookey: Simon Russell Beale

Viktor: Andrew Scott

Hugo March: Christian McKay

Gerry: Richard McCabe

Eva: Olivia Grant

Joyce: Tessa Peake-Jones

Martha: Geraldine James

Annikov: Robert Ashby

Rhykov: Alec Utgoff

Emily: Charlotte Randle


Written by Paula Milne

Based on the novel ‘Legacy’ by Alan Judd

Producer: Rob Bullock

Director: Pete Travis

1st AD: Tim Riddington

Location manager: Emma Woodcock

Production co-ordinator: Jill Forbes

Art director: Lynne Huitson

Post production supervisor: Jessica Rundle

Casting director: Celestia Fox

Costume designer: Claire Anderson

Make-up & hair designer: Lesley Lamont-Fisher

Assistant Script Editor: Sian McWilliams

Script executive: Rebecca Ferguson

Editor: Stuart Gazzard

Production designer: Victor Molero

Director of photography: Felix Wiedemann

Line producer: Elizabeth Binns

Executive producer for BBC: Lucy Richer

Executive producers: Simon Crawford Collins,
Paula Milne and Alan Judd