First look at ‘The Night Manager’ writer’s epic drama about the fall of Troy

The first promotional images have been released for Troy: Fall Of A City.

A co-production between the BBC and Netflix, the eight-part drama series is described as “an epic tale of mortals and gods” and began filming on location in Cape Town, South Africa earlier this year.

Created by Spooks writer David Farr, who adapted The Night Manager for the BBC in 2016, Troy: Fall Of A City goes back to the story’s origins: to the judgement of Paris, his scandalous love affair with Helen, and the ill-starred prophecy surrounding his birth.

Louis Hunter (The Fosters) and Bella Dayne (Humans) will play Paris and Helen, the two lovers whose passionate affair plunges Greece and Troy into war, threatening to bring both empires to their knees.

The cast also includes David Threlfall (Shameless), Frances O’Connor (The Missing), Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood), Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones), Tom Weston-Jones (Dickensian), David Gyasi (Interstellar), Johnny Harris (This Is England 86), and Chloe Pirrie (To Walk Invisible).

Writer David Farr commented: “The story we’re telling has an epic and political sweep but is also deeply human and intimate.”

The official synopsis reads: “Told from the perspective of the Trojan royal family at the heart of the siege, Troy: Fall Of A City is a rich story of love, intrigue, betrayal and belonging. Combining thrilling adventure with heart-breaking intimacy, it conveys the big themes of human existence and identity; of people battling to retain their sense of humanity and compassion amid the devastation and destruction of war.”

Troy: Fall Of A City will air on BBC One in the UK and will premiere globally on Netflix outside of the UK.