The City and the City

The City and the City (2018)

In The City and the City, something of a genre buster based on the novel by China Miéville, when the body of a foreign student is discovered in the streets of the down-at-heel city of Besźel, it’s just another day’s work for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad (David Morrissey). But he uncovers evidence that the murdered girl came from Ul Qoma, a city that shares a dangerous and volatile relationship with Besźel, and this case will challenge everything Borlú holds dear.

China Miéville, three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award, published The City &The City in 2009 to dazzling acclaim, drawing comparisons with Kafka, Orwell and Philip K Dick. He says of the television drama: 'It’s been extraordinary and moving to see this huge process, whereby a book written alone is collectively transformed into something familiar yet quite new. And it is extraordinary and moving to see the final result.

The City & The City was filmed on location in Manchester and Liverpool.

crew details

Writer: Tony Grisoni
Novel: China Miéville
Producer: Betsan Morris-Evans
Production Design: Simon Rogers
Director of Photography: Stephan Pehrsson
Costume Design: Marianne Agertoft
Executive Producer: Robyn Slavo, Tony Grisoni, Preethi Mavahalli, Damien Timmer
Director: Tom Shankland

production info

  • Year of Release: 2018
  • Country: UK | BBC One - Mammoth Screen
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 4x60 minutes

  • trailers

David Morrissey

Tyador Borlú

Lara Pulver

Katrynia Borlú

Mandeep Dhillon

Constable Corwi

Maria Schrader

Senior Detective Dhatt

Ron Cook

Commissar Gadlem

Danny Webb

Major Syedr

Christian Camargo

Doctor Bowden

Paprika Steen

Professor Mona Ul-Nadi