Stephen Poliakoff back catalogue returns to BBC iPlayer
Staff Reporter | On 23, May 2019
A selection of work by Stephen Poliakoff has returned to BBC iPlayer, ahead of his new semi-autobiographical series, Summer Of Rockets, which premiered on BBC Two this week.
The Golden Globe-winning Dancing On The Edge (2013), Emmy Award-winning The Lost Prince (2003), Golden Globe-winning Gideon’s Daughter (2006), RTS and BAFTA-winning Perfect Strangers (2001) and RTS award-winning Shooting The Past (1999) will all be available to watch for three months on the streaming platform.
Summer Of Rockets is set in the UK during the tumultuous summer of 1958 and stars Keeley Hawes, Toby Stephens, Linus Roache and Timothy Spall. Following the Soviet’s launch of the first intercontinental ballistic missile, and the start of the Space Race, fear permeates the lives of all. Summer Of Rockets follows Samuel Petrukhin (Toby Stephens), a Russian born Jewish inventor and businessman, who specialises in manufacturing hearing aids. Having recently developed an invention that could revolutionise the way organisations communicate internally, Samuel is approached by the MI5 to demonstrate his work. Yet it is not just his invention the operatives require – Samuel is tasked with obtaining information about his newly acquired friends Richard Shaw MP (Linus Roache, and his wife Kathleen (Keeley Hawes).
All episodes are now online as a box set after the first episode aired on BBC Two last night.
Here’s the full rundown of older Poliakoff box sets now available to stream:
Dancing On The Edge
Set in a time of immense change, Dancing On The Edge tells the story of a black jazz group, the Louis Lester Band, as they rise to fame, entertaining guests at exclusive high society gatherings in 1930s London. While many recoil at the presence of black musicians in polite society, the capital’s more progressive socialites, including younger members of the Royal Family, take the band under their wing. Stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jacqueline Bisset, Angel Coulby, , Matthew Goode, John Goodman, Anthony Head, Tom Hughes, Janet Montgomery, Wunmi Mosaku, Joanna Vanderham, Jenna Coleman and Mel Smith.
The Lost Prince
Emmy award-winning two-part historical drama telling the little-known story of Prince John, the youngest child of George V and Queen Mary, who has epilepsy and learning difficulties. Through his eyes we see the Royal Family move from the extravagance of Edward VII’s court to the tragedy of the First World War and to the fear of revolution engulfing them all. Stars Miranda Richardson, Gina McKee, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Matthew James Thomas, Tom Hollander and Bibi Andersson.
Set against the backdrop of the rise to power of New Labour and Princess Diana’s death, Gideon’s Daughter follows a leading PR consultant who finds himself re-considering his priorities when he is courted by the government to manage the millennium festivities. He meets the idiosyncratic Stella and begins to form a strong bond with her as his daughter turns against him. Stars Bill Nighy, Miranda Richardson, Emily Blunt, Tom Hardy and Robert Lindsay.
At an elaborately organised reunion, held in a grand London hotel, Raymond his wife Esther and their son Daniel find themselves irresistibly drawn into their ancestors’ family tree. Meeting distant, and not so distant, relatives for the first time they begin to establish their positions within this eccentric and eclectic family and uncover family secrets they never knew about which have a profound effect on them. Stars Michael Gambon, Matthew Macfadyen, Lindsay Duncan, Claire Skinner, Toby Stephens and Timothy Spall.
Shooting The Past
A London library with a monumental collection of rare photographs is faced with closure when the building is sold to property developers. An eccentric group of the library’s staff use their resources and ingenuity to fight the a new management and save the collection. Their battle uncovers a mystery from the past, hidden away amongst the photos which has a dramatic effect on the lives of all those involved. Stars Timothy Spall, Lindsay Duncan, Liam Cunningham, Emilia Fox and Andy Serkis.