Rory Kinnear

Aggi O’Casey and Tom Varey to lead new BBC One thriller Ridley Road

Aggi O’Casey has been cast for the lead role of Vivien Epstein, a young Jewish woman who, after falling in love with a member of the 62 Group, abandons the comfort of her middle-class life in Manchester to join the struggle against fascism in London.

The 62 Group were a real coalition of Jewish men who took a stand against the rising neo-Nazism in post-war Britain.

Eddie Marsan will play the part of Soly Malinovsky, the leader of the anti-fascist organisation.

Rory Kinnear joins Idris Elba in new drama Guerilla

Idris Elba stars as detective John Luther

Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear (Spectre, Penny Dreadful), Daniel Mays (Line of Duty) and Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) have all been announced to be joining Golden Globe winner Idris Elba in the thriller.

The six-part series will air on Sky Atlantic next year, and Elba will co-star and executive produce the series through his company Green Door Pictures.

BBC commissions Barbara Windsor biopic

Eastenders star Barbara Windsor (Credit: BBC/Nicky Johnston)

Set in the 1990s, Babs sees Windsor preparing to perform in the theatre that evening, where she talks us on a journey of the events and people that shaped her career, from her lonely childhood and complicated relationship with her father, to capturing the attention of Joan Littlewood and being cast in the Carry On films.