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Home > TVing Abroad Blog > Joe Cole and Alexandra Roach take the lead in BBC’s real-time thriller ‘Nightsleeper,’ premiering in January 2024.

Joe Cole and Alexandra Roach take the lead in BBC’s real-time thriller ‘Nightsleeper,’ premiering in January 2024.

November 22, 2023
Joe Cole and Alexandra Roach take the lead in BBC’s real-time thriller ‘Nightsleeper,’ premiering in January 2024.

The BBC is set to captivate audiences with its upcoming real-time thriller, “Nightsleeper,” a six-part series that promises suspense, drama, and a gripping narrative that unfolds in the fast-paced world of cyber threats and government intervention. Starring Alexandra Roach and Joe Cole in lead roles, the series delves into the hacking of a sleeper train from Glasgow to London, thrusting viewers into a tense race against time as a government agency fights to prevent catastrophe.

“Nightsleeper” centers around the hacking of a sleeper train and the subsequent chaos that ensues during its journey from Glasgow to London. The story takes place in real time, providing a unique and immersive viewing experience. Alexandra Roach portrays Abby Aysgarth, the Acting Technical Director at the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, who is on the verge of a well-deserved holiday when she receives a fateful phone call alerting her to an attack on the UK railway network.

Meanwhile, Joe Cole takes on the role of Joe Roag, an off-duty cop on the train hoping for a quiet night. Little does he know that the next six hours will thrust him into a rollercoaster of events as he, alongside Abby, battles not only their own distrust but also the unpredictable actions of those now in control of the train. The mission: to prevent the Heart of Britain from reaching the end of the line, literally and metaphorically.

In addition to Roach and Cole, the series boasts a stellar cast, including Alex Ferns, Sharon Small, James Cosmo, David Threlfall, Daniel Cahill, Lois Chimimba, Gabriel Howell, Katie Leung, Leah MacRae, Ruth Madeley, Adam Mitchell, Pamela Nomvete, Scott Reid, Sharon Rooney, and Parth Thakerar. This diverse ensemble promises to bring a range of perspectives and dynamics to the thrilling narrative.

“Nightsleeper” is penned by BAFTA award-winning writer Nick Leather, known for “Murdered for Being Different.” Leather co-wrote the series with Laura Grace, acclaimed for her work on “The Last Kingdom.” The series is produced by Fremantle’s Euston Films, with Jamie Magnus Stone and John Hayes directing. With such creative minds at the helm, viewers can expect a finely crafted and expertly executed storyline.

Fans of gripping dramas and thrillers will not have to wait long, as “Nightsleeper” will launch on BBC One in early 2024. The combination of real-time storytelling, a talented cast, and the production team’s expertise makes “Nightsleeper” a must-watch for those seeking an adrenaline-pumping, edge-of-your-seat television experience. As the countdown to the release begins, audiences can anticipate a series that will keep them hooked from start to finish. “Nightsleeper” is poised to be a standout addition to the BBC’s lineup, offering a thrilling ride into the heart of a high-stakes cyber crisis.

“Nightsleeper,” the upcoming real-time thriller on BBC One and iPlayer, promises a rollercoaster ride as Joe Cole and Alexandra Roach tackle a cyber crisis on a sleeper train. Premiering in January 2024, this high-stakes drama, led by a stellar cast, unfolds in gripping real-time, delivering suspense and chaos at every turn. Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping journey as “Nightsleeper” takes viewers on a thrilling race against time to save the Heart of Britain from disaster. See what else is new on UK TV.

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