Abbey star’s spy mis­sion

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Abbey star Michelle Dock­ery (pic­tured) will join Ru­fus Sewell and Michael Gam­bon in a tele­vi­sion adap­ta­tion of best­selling novel Rest­less. The two-part BBC film, based on the book by Wil­liam Boyd, also stars Hay­ley Atwell ( Cap­tain Amer­ica) and screen vet­eran Char­lotte Ram­pling ( The Duchess) play­ing the same char­ac­ter more than 30 years apart. Ac­claimed the­atre direc­tor Ed­ward Hall will drama­tise the tale about a fe­male spy on the run who has led a dou­ble life for three decades. Dock­ery plays a young woman, Ruth Gil­martin, who learns that her mother Sally (Ram­pling) was re­cruited by the Bri­tish Se­cret Ser­vice at the start of World War II but has been in hid­ing since a mis­sion went awry. ‘‘To have the chance to film a novel like Rest­less over three hours is the sort of op­por­tu­nity that only a tele­vi­sion adap­ta­tion can pro­vide,’’ says Atwell, who plays the younger Sally. ‘‘It rep­re­sents the most en­tic­ing and alluring of pos­si­bil­i­ties . . . to lift the lid on one of the last se­crets of the Sec­ond World War.’’

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