Channel Four reveals Coup cast

Channel 4 HunksDouglas Hodge, Charles Dance and Gina McKee amongst the cast of Channel 4’s new four-part drama Coup.

A roster of Britain’s best-known acting talent has joined Gabriel Byrne in the cast of Channel 4’s brand-new four-part drama series, they include Douglas Hodge, Gina McKee, Rupert Graves and Ruth Negga.

Filming in Manchester, Liverpool and London has begun this month with tx. scheduled for later this year. Gabriel Byrne plays the pivotal role of politician Tom Dawkins, the reluctant hero at the heart of this contemporary conspiracy thriller, who finds himself thrust into the spotlight of front-line politics when he least expects to be, and who risks everything by taking on the might of the establishment.

A massive industrial accident on Teesside leaves several people dead and raises awkward questions about the safety procedures of the US petrochemical company involved. As a man who has a profound belief in transparency and open government, Dawkins (Byrne) will have to tackle vested interests, financial, media, and military, both domestic and international, in his pursuit to uncover the truth and get justice for the families affected by the disaster. Along the way, he will struggle to keep his party onside and the electorate behind him, as he also weathers damaging revelations about his personal life. And as the investigation into the Teesside disaster proceeds, Dawkins becomes aware of establishment’s secret ties to the petrochemical company and comes to realise that there are bigger powers at play behind the scenes.

Coup is written by Robert Jones – based on the novel A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin.